The picture was taken one evening when I saw two young bull moose that were grazing in the the forest edge. I tried to approach carefully and take pictures before I was discovered by them. All my previous experience regarding these animals have taught me that they are very vigilant and shy. I was therefore surprised when the moose stayed even though they caught sight of me, so I could get up close by moving carefully.
These animals will now have two months of peace in the forests before the hunting season begins in mid-October. I hope these moose will be more shy for hunters than they were for me.
Info from Wikipedia: The moose (North America) or Eurasian elk (Europe) (Alces alces) is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic ("twig-like") configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Moose used to have a much wider range but hunting and other human activities greatly reduced it over the years. Moose have been reintroduced to some of their former habitats. Currently, most moose are found in Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia and Russia. Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. The most common moose predators are wolves, bears, and humans. Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds. Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move surprisingly quickly if angered or startled. Their mating season in the autumn can lead to spectacular fights between males competing for a female
In Europe, moose are currently found in large numbers throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland, Poland, and the Baltic States, with more modest numbers in the southern Czech Republic, Belarus and northern Ukraine. They are also widespread through Russia on up through the borders with Finland south towards the border with Estonia, Belarus and Ukraine and stretching far away eastwards to the Yenisei River in Siberia. The European moose was native to most temperate areas that it could physically inhabit on the continent and even Scotland from the end of the last Ice Age as Europe's traditional habitat had a natural mix of temperate boreal and deciduous forest. It was certainly thriving in both Gaul and Magna Germania as it appears in military and hunting accounts of the age. However, as the Roman era faded into medieval times, the beast slowly disappeared: it survived in Alsace and the Netherlands until the 9th century as the marshlands in the latter were drained and the forests were being cleared away for feudal lands in the former. It was gone from Switzerland by 1000 AD, gone from the western Czech Republic by 1300, gone from Mecklenburg in Germany by c. 1600, and has been gone from Hungary and the Caucasus since the 18th and 19th century, respectively.
By the early 20th century, the very last strongholds of the European moose appeared to be in Scandinavian countries and patchy tracts of Russia. The USSR and Poland managed to restore portions of the range within its borders (such as the 1951 reintroduction into Kampinos National Park and the later 1958 reintroduction in Belarus) but political complications obviously limited its ability to be reintroduced to other portions of its range. Attempts in 1930 and again in 1967 in marshland north of Berlin were unsuccessful. At present in Poland, populations are recorded in the Biebrza river valley, Kampinos, and in Białowieża Forest. It has migrated into other parts of Eastern Europe and has been spotted in eastern and southern Germany. Unsuccessful thus far in recolonizing these areas via natural dispersal from source populations in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Slovakia, it appears to be having more success migrating south into the Caucasus. It is listed under Appendix III of the Bern Convention.
In 2008, two moose were reintroduced into the Scottish Highlands in Alladale Wilderness Reserve.
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marabu61 (5863) 2013-08-15 6:24
I always say to my finnish wife that elks are just a myth, they don't really exist.
After having lived in Sweden for two years and going to Finland several times every year for over 30 years now, I am still waiting to see a moose in the wild ..... !
This is really a nice shot of the moose, the light is sublime, the moose nice and sharp, the framing perfect.
holmertz (31174) 2013-08-15 9:10
Ett praktfullt djur och en bild med fina, dova färger. Ljuset faller väldigt snyggt kring mulen och hornen och du fick en bra profil. De gånger jag har råkat stöta på älg ute i skogen har det varit fråga om sekunder innan de har brakat iväg utom synhåll, men så har jag väl inte tassat lika försiktigt som du.
frunchy (1517) 2013-08-16 5:16
what a nice sight! The moose is a majestic creature for sure. You put it right were it belongs in your composition, with nice, not too strong Colors.