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Bull Elk Sparing


Posted by Ed Cordes on Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:55 am

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This is an image of two bull elk sparing with each other in RMNP this past September. The key message this image portrays is the intensity of the competition. However, it lasted about 5-8 minutes then they both went their separate ways and they both coexisted in the same meadow.

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by david fletcher on Tue Nov 03, 2020 1:50 pm
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Fabulous pair of bulls Ed. Impressive!
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by Ron Day on Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:34 pm
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Very nice capture of the sparring behavior. Sweet side lighting and great intensity, Ed.
 

by Carol Clarke on Tue Nov 03, 2020 4:44 pm
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When you think what damage those tines could inflict on the opponent if the sparring and posturing doesn't make them back down....... You have really captured the intensity between these two impressive bulls, Ed - and well done to get an eye visible on both!

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by Cynthia Crawford on Wed Nov 04, 2020 4:51 pm
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Carol Clarke wrote:
When you think what damage those tines could inflict on the opponent if the sparring and posturing doesn't make them back down.......     You have really captured the intensity between these two impressive bulls, Ed - and well done to get an eye visible on both!

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+1-I was also thinking about how you got both eyes! And glad to hear of a peaceful result.
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by Ed Cordes on Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:55 pm
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Cynthia Crawford wrote:
Carol Clarke wrote:
When you think what damage those tines could inflict on the opponent if the sparring and posturing doesn't make them back down.......     You have really captured the intensity between these two impressive bulls, Ed - and well done to get an eye visible on both!

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+1-I was also thinking about how you got both eyes! And glad to hear of a peaceful result.

Thanks for the kind comments.  Both eyes were achieved by luck and 12 frames/sec.
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by David J. Bogener on Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:04 pm
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Nice composed behavioral image. I like that you were able to capture the eye on each bull. Not always easy when sparing.
 

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