September 17, 2016 Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

Finally! Moose, Plus a Meadowlark

Meadowlark
Meadowlark

Ran into this guy singing away on Mormon Row first thing in the morning. Had to stop because you never can have too many shots of these guys singing their hearts out.

Meadowlark
Meadowlark

Plus he did give me this bonus shot … never got that pose before.

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

Finally, I ran into a nice bull moose not mostly concealed in the willows.

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

Saw some antler tips sticking up out of the sagebrush and got myself set up with the sun behind me to be ready to get some nice shots when he finally decided to get up.

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

He was bedded down not too far away from a cow he obviously was shadowing while waiting for her to become receptive to his amorous advances. I had to wait patiently for over an hour and a half for the two of them to finally get up and get moving. Guess they never heard the tale of the early bird getting the worm.

Lookin For Love?
Lookin For Love?
Lookin For Love?
Lookin For Love?

He made his morning move, was rejected, and she went on her way.

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

With him following, of course.

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

Even with a long lens, this type of shot gives the photographer pause. You can tell that he has you dead in his sights and this time of year you just never know what his intentions are, at least as far as nosey photographers go. As seen through  a 400mm lens, he is far enough away that I can still easily get behind a nearby tree … hoping that would do some good. Turns out he was just looking to get into the shade where I was standing.

Teton Bull Moose
Teton Bull Moose

There he made a few squawks, circled, made sure the female was in sight, and dropped down to rest, having travelled probably all of a hundred feet so far this morning. This guy was a pretty good sized mature bull that probably has already fought off another bull, or bulls, judging from the way he was limping. Hope this is just the first of several more encounters with these Teton moose.

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