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forestgnome
12-28-2008, 06:21 AM
These moose pics were taken over the past few days...

two bull moose...one has dropped his antlers and the other has not...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/cp070.jpg



After the craziness of the rutting season, now is a mellow time of fattening up for the winter months...good thing because although they have no trouble moving through this snow, it's up to my waiste:eek:

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/cp089.jpg



Here's another bull who has recently dropped his antlers...we can see a bit of blood on his fur just below where the antler was...he's enjoying some young spruce branches...mmmmmm...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/cp260.jpg




Here's a baby bull trying hard to cross the Swift River to join mama, who had already crossed and was waiting high up on the bank. I heard her several times and saw branches move so I knew just where she was.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/150-copy1.jpg



http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/143-copy1.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/158-copy1.jpg



After he made it through the deep part he slowed down and lingered. He had an eye on me the whole time and he started coming closer to me. You could see worry in his eyes. He might have thought I was mama for a moment.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/140copy1.jpg



http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/137-copy1.jpg



http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/168copy1.jpg




He may be a half year old, but I beleive he is one and a half, heading into his second winter. He eventually found his way to mama and off they went. I wonder if that will be a childhood memory for him.

happy new year :)

TrishandAlex
12-28-2008, 06:51 AM
Wonderful pictures! I shared them with both my girls this morning, what a delight to show them such detailed, lovely pictures.

KathyC
12-28-2008, 08:38 AM
Wow, those are incredible.

What part of the Swift River was this?

Steve M
12-28-2008, 08:46 AM
Great shots! It looks like your in the river with him.;)

CHRIS
12-28-2008, 10:25 AM
Wonderful pictures as always. I really love to see moose.One of my favorites. Thank for sharing Patrick.

KD Talbot
12-28-2008, 01:35 PM
Nobody, and I mean nobody, captures moose in the wild like you, Patrick. Bill Silliker who?

KDT

Brad
12-28-2008, 01:38 PM
Patrick,

That young moose knew you were mama. Come to mama!

mtruman
12-28-2008, 10:30 PM
The beauty of these animals in this setting is simply amazing and you always show us the best of it Patrick. The expression on the face of the baby as he is struggling in the river and then the change to relief as he realizes that he's made it and sees mama (or is that you) is just awesome.

forestgnome
12-29-2008, 07:04 AM
Thanks very much for the nice comments; it's such a pleasure to share!

Here's the last shot I took as he walked past me. After this, he was too close to fit in the frame and I didn't have a smaller lens. He had started to look up the bank toward where mama was so I think he had smelled her and he was moving in that direction. It was a very wonderful experience!

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/178-copy1.jpg



happy trails :)

UncleFester
12-29-2008, 01:23 PM
two bull moose...one has dropped his antlers and the other has not...


I never knew they came off...did they ever find them in that snow?

how do they get them back on if they drop them?

krummholz
12-29-2008, 03:55 PM
A little Super Glue takes care of it.;)

forestgnome
12-29-2008, 06:58 PM
I never knew they came off...did they ever find them in that snow?

how do they get them back on if they drop them?

All bull moose, as well as buck deer and other antlered animals, drop their antlers in early winter. Here's yours truly in a moose yard in the Sandwich Wilderness...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/12-16-06-031-copy1.jpg


Here's my favorite antler, a 12-pointer with an awesome spread...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/antler-on-engine-hill-a.jpg




In March, new antlers start to bud, covered in velvet as they grow. They are also molting at this time, losing their winter coat.....

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moose.jpg




I named this bull "Big Daddy". This is him in late April, after his antlers have been growing for a couple of months...


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/5-22-07-003.jpg



By mid-summer they are getting massive...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/6-22-07-079.jpg




In early autumn, the growth is done and the blood supply stops. The velvet dies and the bulls rub it off on branches...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/9-23-06-008.jpg




Now the boney antler is exposed and the bulls are ready to rut...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/9-04-06-056-copy2.jpg


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/pbase100.jpg


Then the antlers fall off again after mating season...(both pics of me were taken by myself with the timer)

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/novwoods213.jpg

happy trails :)

Brad
12-29-2008, 07:58 PM
All bull moose, as well as buck deer and other antlered animals, drop their antlers in early winter. Here's yours truly in a moose yard in the Sandwich Wilderness...

. . . . . . .

Then the antlers fall off again after mating season...(both pics of me were taken by myself with the timer)

I don't believe it. Both pictures are not of you since you are a moose. And moose do not know how to take pictures with a camera timer.

Steve M
12-30-2008, 12:45 AM
I don't believe it. Both pictures are not of you since you are a moose. And moose do not know how to take pictures with a camera timer.

Who says that moose took those pics with the timer?

KathyC
12-30-2008, 05:49 AM
That was really educational, you add so much to this site...

But YOU really dropped those antlers, didn't you???:p

CHRIS
12-30-2008, 07:05 AM
Great pictures and thanks for educating us. Do the antlers that fall off decay after a while or do they pretty much stay in one piece? Thanks again for taking the time to post.

Charlie
12-31-2008, 07:51 AM
I don't believe it. Both pictures are not of you since you are a moose. And moose do not know how to take pictures with a camera timer.

brad he had this guy that was hiking close by stand in for him so he could take the picture and keep us wondering :D:D

Brad
12-31-2008, 08:02 AM
The last moose picture in this set (not including the picture of "Patrick" holding the antlers) is probably the most amazing moose picture I have ever seen. He looks like he is expecting to be hand fed.

forestgnome
12-31-2008, 05:19 PM
I don't believe it. Both pictures are not of you since you are a moose. And moose do not know how to take pictures with a camera timer.


urt...urt...urt ;)

TrishandAlex
12-31-2008, 05:25 PM
Forestgnome, my girls are going to love your post. Very educational, I am going to show them tomorrow after breakfast.

Brad
01-01-2009, 10:18 AM
urt...urt...urt ;)
See? See? I told you so.

LRKimo
01-02-2009, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the great moose shots. Made me feel good to see them. I was wondering if last winter took its toll on the moose population? Hiking this fall and now skiing this winter, so far have seen very little sign of moose.

Steve M
01-02-2009, 05:57 PM
Thanks for the great moose shots. Made me feel good to see them. I was wondering if last winter took its toll on the moose population? Hiking this fall and now skiing this winter, so far have seen very little sign of moose.

Only Moose know where Moose hang out!

Bill O
01-02-2009, 06:01 PM
They're at the corner of US-2 and NH-115

Charlie
01-02-2009, 06:57 PM
urt...urt...urt ;)


See? See? I told you so.


Only Moose know where Moose hang out!

see thats why Patrick [ i mean Moose man ] gets all the good pictures