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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Elk viewing in Rock Mountain National Park

Elk viewing in Rock Mountain National Park

This is the Elk rutting and bugling season, so it has become a major activity to go out to the park between 5 and 7 pm (with lots of other folks!).

These photos are not in order, just a few samples of the things we saw. There were a few tour buses...


Tour bus folks stopping at a herd of female elk awaiting the bucks to fight over them... it was starting to get dark when I took this one...


Now, some more serious elk spotting...

Here are some down in the woods. There were running back and forth. Caught these early on...


Got a couple good shots of these two buck - on the prowl. Their bugling sound is distinctive.


Same bucks, with Long's Peak in the background...


In another area, one big buck, with a great rack - this photo focuses on the rack!

 Another herd of cows...


This one is as we were leaving, to show the number of cars and the winding road...


It was a very good day!  ;-)

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