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forestgnome
05-14-2010, 02:59 PM
My good ole freind Big Daddy has survived another hunting season and winter! I'd guess his age to be at least 12. It's spring tradition of mine to see him for the first time in spring. I see him occasionally throughout the spring and summer, but then he changes his ways before hunting season and I never see him again until spring. I always wonder where he hangs out in autumn and winter.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6253-copyaaa.jpg



happy trails :)

BAXTERCA2
05-14-2010, 03:08 PM
Nice shot!

Charlie
05-14-2010, 03:48 PM
very nice to see your friend is ok ,he is smart and goes way back into the trees where know one goes

Snow Miser
05-14-2010, 04:22 PM
He's a good looking bull moose. Glad he survived to roam the woods for another year. :)

Jimmy Legs and Little d
05-14-2010, 08:05 PM
Patrick,

He was probably glad to see you too. Go Daddy Go!

Donna:)

CHRIS
05-14-2010, 09:01 PM
That is fantastic that he made it another season. Great capture. He is definetly a beautiful animal.

Anna LeBlanc
05-14-2010, 09:12 PM
It's wonderful that you got to see him again Patrick and I hope you see him for many many more years to come.

He is truly a beautiful animal.He must have loads of girlfriends.;)

____________

Anna

Brad
05-15-2010, 05:55 AM
I, too, have gotten to look forward to your spring time shot of Big Daddy. I am sure he knows who you are.

1HappyHiker
05-15-2010, 08:27 AM
. . . I'd guess his age to be at least 12 . . . I see him occasionally throughout the spring and summer, but then he changes his ways before hunting season and I never see him again until spring. I always wonder where he hangs out in autumn and winter.
Patrick, do you wonder if Big Daddy wonders where you hang out in autumn and winter?:)

I don't know how accurate this is, but I seem to recall reading somewhere that although the average life expectancy of a bull moose is about 7 years, many moose live into their late teens. So, since this guy isn't quite a teenager yet, hopefully there'll be many more years that you two can exchange Spring greetings!

forestgnome
05-15-2010, 09:33 PM
Hah! I like it! Thanks for nice comments, everyone.

Here's a shot I really like. I've been waiting for him in a couple of the places I see him. Then finally he appeared. It was really uplifting to see him appear from out of the cover of the forest and into the bog. I immediately knew it was him because of the single battle notch on the back side of his right ear. He saw me and stopped and I talked to him as I always do. Then he strutted right toward me. Just awesome...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_6282-copyaaa-1.jpg



happy trails :)

mtruman
05-15-2010, 09:41 PM
Just amazing Patrick! This is one of your best ever (and that's really saying something). How close were you when he was strutting toward you here (and how close did he get). He is one magnificent animal. Hope you have many more years of spring greetings together.

CHRIS
05-17-2010, 06:56 AM
This is a awesome shot Patrick. You should feel so lucky to have them stoll right up to you.He does look very healthy. Thanks for sharing.

Snow Miser
05-17-2010, 12:28 PM
That is an awesome shot Patrick! He must really trust you. The rest of us would probably be pretty scared to get that close to a moose.:eek:

debdog14
05-19-2010, 09:00 PM
Hi Patrick
Very Nice Shot! My mom and I were in the woods the night you took this shot. Big Daddy is the first moose I have seen in the wild. I took several shots of him and a few turned out most were blurry due to my excitement! Thanks for talking to us that night and for the great shot of him.

forestgnome
05-20-2010, 10:53 PM
Hi Patrick
Very Nice Shot! My mom and I were in the woods the night you took this shot. Big Daddy is the first moose I have seen in the wild. I took several shots of him and a few turned out most were blurry due to my excitement! Thanks for talking to us that night and for the great shot of him.

Hello,

Thanks! it was a pleasure to meet the both of you, and glad you checked in. Welcome :)

Follow this link for a nice look at him last June. You can see the same battle notch in the back side of his right ear. http://www.mountwashington.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4848&page=2

debdog14
05-20-2010, 11:07 PM
Wow! I clicked on the link you sent me he is a big boy. I am thinking about coming back in the fall to see him with his rack, plus I miss the fall foilage, I don't get that in CA. By what month do the bucks have their racks? Thanks so much for sharing :)

KathyC
05-21-2010, 06:01 AM
He is just so beautiful and so glad he made it through again...:)

forestgnome
05-21-2010, 12:29 PM
Wow! I clicked on the link you sent me he is a big boy. I am thinking about coming back in the fall to see him with his rack, plus I miss the fall foilage, I don't get that in CA. By what month do the bucks have their racks? Thanks so much for sharing :)


I've never seen him beyond August, but you could get lucky,and there are other bulls around.

Bulls and bucks both start their antler growth in March/April. Antlers are fully grown by September, when they rub off the velvet and polish them by thrashing them through tree branches. Tannins in the branches gives the antlers their color, which are white when the velvet first comes off. Then they are used in the rut through October. Then they are dropped when they are no longer needed, which also makes life in winter easier. So, through winter they have no antlers until March, when the cycle begins again.

forestgnome
06-04-2010, 11:53 PM
Big Daddy is a wise old sage now. He has lived in the forest for a very long time.

Every meeting is special...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_1444aaa.jpg



happy trails :)

Anna LeBlanc
06-05-2010, 08:30 AM
He's beautiful Patrick.I'd love to be able to reach up and pet him on the nose.:D

_________
Anna

Snow Miser
06-05-2010, 09:05 AM
He looks really good for an older moose Patrick. How old do you think he may be?

Charlie
06-05-2010, 01:19 PM
he must like seeing you with that big smile :D on his face

CHRIS
06-05-2010, 02:25 PM
Incredable picture. It must be such an awesome feeling being there to take this shot.
Thanks for sharing.

forestgnome
06-23-2010, 08:57 AM
Had another visit from Big Daddy. His antlers are geting big and he's put on some weight...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_1770-copyaaa.jpg



happy trails :)

CHRIS
06-23-2010, 09:38 AM
He looks very healthy. Kinda looks like Bullwinkle. Thanks for sharing with us.

Snow Miser
06-23-2010, 11:23 AM
He's looking really good Patrick!

Anna LeBlanc
06-23-2010, 04:53 PM
Thank you for another beautiful photograph Patrick.He's just an amazing animal and I hope he's your friend for many years to come.

____________

Anna

Charlie
06-24-2010, 06:40 PM
there is some one on face book saying they have pictures of Big Daddy is this the same one as yours Patrick ,i hope not

http://i154.photobucket.com/albums/s279/hawk63/bigdaddy.jpg

forestgnome
06-24-2010, 10:56 PM
Hah! Big Daddy is a web star! That is Lisa, and that is her pic. She took that pic last night and I was there. We chatted for a while waiting for moose. It was the second sighting in as many evenings.

Charlie
06-24-2010, 11:13 PM
well she was asked where the picture and big daddy was and she never said where [ thats good ]
so where is he :D just kidding

mrohssler
06-26-2010, 08:13 AM
You need to pick up Big Daddy and maybe some of his friends and take them down to York Maine for a little outing
http://www.wmur.com/slideshow/news/24039245/detail.html

forestgnome
07-05-2010, 09:53 PM
Big Daddy says hello on July 3rd....

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_7091aaa.jpg


happy trails :)

Brad
07-06-2010, 05:23 AM
He is one big dude with the depth of field from his nose to his rump changes a lot.

CHRIS
07-06-2010, 06:50 AM
He looks great. Thanks Patrick.

BAXTERCA2
07-06-2010, 07:10 AM
Big Daddy says hello on July 3rd....

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_7091aaa.jpg


happy trails :)

He's looks so healthy and very handsome. Thanks for sharing

Snow Miser
07-06-2010, 12:24 PM
He's a great looking moose! Thanks Patrick.

Anna LeBlanc
07-09-2010, 09:36 PM
Thank you again for the beautiful picture of your friend Patrick.

__________
Anna

KD Talbot
08-04-2010, 11:28 AM
Absolutely amazing stuff as always, Patrick! Question: The photos from mid-June of '09 show him with what appears to be a full grown rack, yet this year they don't seem as advanced. Is there a reason? Maybe they're like everything that grows and sometimes it's a good year and sometimes it isn't? EDIT: On second look I guess they are more similar than I first thought.

KDT

KathyC
08-08-2010, 08:52 PM
He's so beautiful!!