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Fishercap moose -- again!

Fishercap moose -- again!
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Copyright: Mike Basil (mbasil) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 148 N: 745] (3320)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-24
Categories: Mammals, Mountain
Camera: Nikon D50, Nikkor 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Glacier National Park July 2007
Date Submitted: 2007-07-25 20:30
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Points: 16
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Just beyond the end of the Many Glacier road lies Fishercap Lake. Half the time I stop by I get to see a moose (see the previous shots here, here , here , and here), and this visit was no exception. This cow had a calf with her, but I didn't have any luck with a 2-shot.

PP: A slight crop, resize, frame, and slight USM.

P.S. Evelynn ran into some moose here that I hope she'll be posting soon.

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We were at Fishercap exactly one month ahead of you. There were four moose in the lake one time but the most I could manage to get in one shot was two. Saw a cow with two calves up on far shore of Bullhead and got some good shots of all three. It wasn't really easy. We had to wade through the lake, boots and all, to get to a good vantage point to photograph... then hike back to Many Glacier with soggy feet. But we got the shots. I have to say that the moose looked amazingly healthy this year. Both babies were fat and mom looked great. The only time we saw a cow at Fishercap we didn't see a calf.

I am surprised that there is still enough feed on the bottom of the lake for all those moose. It seems that the spring floods scoured out most of the feed from the upper three lakes and only Fishercap still had bottom growth.

So this is almost a full frame image? It is amazing how close you can get to them there...as long as one can run into the trees if necessary. At one point we saw someone taking a not so bad shot with a cell phone!

Did I tell you that 2 photographer friends of a friend of ours were charged at Fishercap during the rut. The men ran but the moose caught both tripods and $10,000 camera outfits and pitched them into the lake! Our friend, who witnessed it, was behind a tree watching and the moose bypassed him.

Evelynn : )

As a moose lover, I really love this particular capture. The composition is great, the detail of the moose is fine, and considering the harsh sunlight, you did a wonderful job. In fact, I'm a little jealous!

Hi Mike,

A nice image of the moose, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. thanks for sharing.


Well now I know where to go to see a Moose, I've never seen one. From Evelynn's story though I think I might want to rethink that with my puny camera I'd have to get WAY to close. I love this sort of "half" view of him, he doesn't look too dangerous this way, well done.

Hello Mike,
I have no idea why, but at least the Norwegian moose loves to swim! And they are very good swimmers too, as they have been observed crossing wide lakes...
Suppose this one is still standing on her feet though, but she seems happy to be in the water!
A lovely image, good details in the animal...
Pablo -

Belle photo de cet orifan,belle prise,bonne netteté,bel ensemble .Amitiés Thomas
Je reviens.

Hi Mike, A good clear shot of this large moose, something we don't have in our part of the world. Good composition and clarity. Murray.

Hi Mike,
Back to your moose again. I am still disapointed that I didn't visit this spot myself. I would have love to see moose in real life. You got some good details on the moose. It feels like the photo is slightly angled to the right. I like the totally relaxed pose of the moose. I am also amazed how close you were able to get with your 300mm lens.

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