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Wood Ducks are the most colorful of North American ducks. They resemble the "pretty boys", like Mandarin Ducks (shown in first comment below) found in other parts of the world.

 

Perhaps they are called "wood" ducks because they nest in hollows of trees near swampy or marshy areas. They are widely distributed across the United States, and those found in the northern parts generally migrate to southern states during the winter months.

North American Moose (Alces alces) yearlings browsing on the low shrubs along the shore of a montane lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

26 October, 2016.

 

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North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) enjoying the warmth of the early spring sun in an open meadow in the Aspen Parkland region north of Thorhild, Alberta, Canada.

 

22 March, 2014.

 

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During our morning walk on the beach, Blanca alerted me to this porcupine who was totally immersed in stuffing himself with ferns, roots he dug out and other vegetation. So immersed, in fact, that I had time to drive home, drop off Blanca, grab my zoom lens and return to find him in almost the same spot! I was so happy since I've been waiting for 2 years to photograph a porcupine and have only seen them a handful of times!

 

Isn't he marvelous?!! He sometimes briefly looked at me when I moved but otherwise ignored me or turned his backside towards me. (I don't really know if it's he or she.)

A North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) browses on some dry vegetation to maintain its energy level during the long winter months north of Thorhild, Alberta, Canada.

 

22 March, 2014.

 

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North American Moose (Alces laces), yearling bull grazing on the shrubs along the shore of a montane lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

26 October, 2016.

 

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Two younger North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bulls practicing their skills at sparing in preparation for the time of year when they enter the ring to see which bull dominates and controls the harem of eligible cows. This observation was recorded along the highway in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

23 November, 2016.

 

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It is the peak of the breeding season and this massive bull North American Moose (Alces alces) is closely guarding or attending this cow in the alpine woods of the Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park near Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

 

14 October, 2010.

 

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1 year old female wolf (Canis lupus) seen at the California Wolf Center, Julian California californiawolfcenter.org/

A North American Moose (Alces alces) in the snowy mountain landscape of Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

25 October, 2012.

 

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A North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull feeds heavily i the forest and grasslands to build up its energy reserves for the winter months in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

12 November, 2013.

 

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The North American elk, or wapiti, is the largest form of the red deer species Cervus elaphus. In general appearance elk are obviously kin to the well-known white-tailed deer. However, elk are much larger. Among Canadian deer, they are second in size only to the moose. An adult bull elk stands about 150 cm tall at the shoulder and weighs about 300 to 350 kg, although some large bulls approach 500 kg in late summer before the rut, or breeding season. Cows are substantially smaller but still have a shoulder height of 135 cm and an adult weight of around 250 kg.

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This massive North American Elk bull (Cervus canadensis) was unquestionably the largest bull in the area and he had complete rule of the territory near Jasper in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

It was the breeding season and you could hear the various bulls "bugling" to call on adversaries or to proclaim their rights in the area.

 

19 September, 2016.

 

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A North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) nibbles on the vegetation in a snow covered field north of Thorhild, Alberta, Canada.

 

22 March, 2014.

 

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Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming

USA

 

Some of my best images from the trip to Yellowstone were my otter images which I love, so here is another one, and there will probably be more.

A North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) in the source woods in Jasper National park, Alberta, Canada.

 

12 November, 2013.

 

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North American Moose (Alces alces) female with twin calves feeding on a snow covered grassy area in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

25 October, 2012.

 

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A North American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) stops to view its surroundings in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

18 September, 2016.

 

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A cow and two calf North American Moose (Alces alces) in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

Always a treat to find them the open and against such snowy conditions.

 

25 October, 2012.

 

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A North American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) patiently nibbles off the scales of a cone to get at the seeds in the montane woods in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

27 October, 2016.

 

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A North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull browses on the leaves of a Poplar or Trembling Aspen Tree growing along a sandy ridge by the Athabasca River. It feeds heavily on what ever is nutritious and available in an effort to regain some of the weight it lost during the rigorous breeding season in the Rocky Mountain region of Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

There is alot of stress on these bulls, especially the more dominant bulls, in warding off competitors as well as herding his females which results in a loss of fat reserves put on during the summer. If it does not replenish these fat reserves and it is a severe winter, a number of these bulls with not survive. It is the natural way of maintaining the strong for the survival of the species.

 

26 October, 2012.

 

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A North American Moose (Alces alces) browsing on Red Osier Dogwood in an aspen woodland on the edge of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 

There were three moose in this woodlot and all were very comfortable in their surroundings so near to the city. I departed the area without disturbing them, allowing them to continue feeding.

 

11 November, 2017.

 

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A North American Moose (Alces alces) bull calf is observed on the edge of an aspen grove on the prairie landscape near Hughenden, Alberta, Canada.

 

19 October, 2019.

 

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A North American Moose (Alces alces) cow ambles along a ridge as it heads off into the woods to rest in Grand Teton National Park, Montana, U.S.A.

 

The fall colours present a marvellous backdrop for this majestic female in its natural habitat.

 

17 October, 2011.

 

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A stormy, very windy day, looking from Oregon across this remote canyon towards Idaho.

 

Canyons are defined by depth, and in North America there is none deeper than Hells Canyon. At its lowest, the Snake River sinks an astonishing 7,993 feet beneath the canyon rim, nearly 2,000 feet deeper than the “Grand” Canyon. For nearly 6 million years this deep gorge has been carved by the steady erosive force of the Snake River (which has come quite aways from it's origin in Yellowstone National Park).

 

And unlike the truly GRAND canyon I pretty much had this to myself.......;-))

 

Have a fabulous Friday and weekend!

A couple of older calf North American Moose (Alces alces) were observed feeding on the snow covered grass. One of them appeared to find it easier to feed by kneeling. They were observed in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

25 October, 2012.

 

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A herd of North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) grazes on the grass flats of the flood plains of the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

23 November, 2016.

 

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A North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) ell rests to lick his wounds after the never ending battles for breeding rights each fall in the woods of Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

20 September, 2016.

 

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A female North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) does a little self grooming on the grass flats near the Town of Jasper in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

It is at the peak of the rut and these females are constantly being chased by males.

 

18 September, 2016.

 

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This Duck is one of the most beautiful ducks in North American, iridescent plumage. Saw this Duck while visiting the Alligator Farm in Saint Augustine, Florida.

A North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) feeding in the top of a willow bush in the Great Sandhills near Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

18 May, 2018.

 

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The breeding season is over and these two North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bulls which would have fought each other the previous month are travelling together through the hilly terrain of the National Bison Range near St. Ignatius, Montana, U.S.A.

 

13 October, 2011.

 

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A female and young North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) brows along the shores of the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

13 November, 2013.

 

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A yearling North American Moose (Alces alces) quietly browses unperturbed by my presence near maligne lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

26 October, 2016.

 

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North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull over looks his territory for any danger or intruders in the woods in Jasper National Park near Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

 

20 September, 2016.

 

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A cow North American Moose (Alces alces) takes a break from browsing the tender will shoots to check out the photographer in the boreal woods north of Opal, Alberta, Canada.

 

19 March, 2011.

 

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A North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull gets itself worked up during the rut by tearing at the turf in the mixed woods, in the Rocky Mountains of Jasper National Park east of Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

 

19 September, 2016.

 

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Two North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bulls joust for supremacy rights during the breeding season in the National Bison Range while two White-tailed Deer does contentedly feed nearby. The National Bison Range USFWS Wildife Refuge located near St. Ignatius, Montana, U.S.A.

 

14 October, 2011.

 

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A calf North American Moose (Alces alces) leisurely grazes on the snow covered grasses and stops to check out the curious photographer in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

25 October, 2012.

 

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A lone North American Bison (Bison bison) bull wanders the grassy flats of the Lamar River valley in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S.A.

 

16 October, 3743.

 

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Mijn eerste beer in Canada, een ontmoeting die ik nooit meer zal vergeten. Zo goed als fullframe beeld gemaakt met 155mm. Domme actie van mij om in mijn enthousiasme zo dichtbij te komen maar dit was het moment waar ik op gehoopt had :-)

 

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I caught this one eating Aspen bark. It was great to catch it in this open setting.

 

St. Albert, Alberta.

A North American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) feeds on the seeds of a spruce cone in the woods in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

27 October, 2016.

 

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The boreal woods provides secure cover, shelter and food for a host of creatures during the winter months such as this North American Moose (Alces alces) observed north of Opal, Alberta, Canada.

 

2 January, 2017.

 

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A chunky bird of western streams, the American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird. It catches all of its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottom.

North American Elk (Cervus canadensis) bull in the aspen mixed woods of Jasper National Park east of Jasper, Alberta, Canada.

 

143 November, 2018.

 

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I was fortunate enough almost a decade ago to come across this large bull North American Moose (Alces alces) and a solitary cow on the edge of the road. It was during the rut and this male was sticking very close to the female. There were no other people in the area and I had about 20 minutes observing these magnificent animals interacting before another vehicle came along and the two of them headed off into the woods and disappeared. It was truly a remarkable opportunity to view such large creatures without any interference in their natural environment in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

14 October, 2010.

 

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While hiking through the mixd woods of the aspen parkland region around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada I came across a cow North American Moose (Alces alces) with her calf feeding on the slender branches and buds of Red Osier Dogwood. The moose population in the aspen parkland has increased over the past while given the abundant food supply.

 

11 November, 2017.

 

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