Newborn Elk Calf, Grand Teton National Park, Wy

Posted on 15 June 2014

NewbornElkNewborn Elk Calf, Grand Teton National Park, WY. May 28, 2014 © Copyright Ben Gundy – all rights reserved.

I was in Grand Teton National Park this spring to see if I could get some images of the newborn wildlife. I was here last fall and, of course, the babies grew up quickly getting ready for their first winter. This past winter Grand Teton National Park received 150% of the normal snow pack and the amount of spring water this year showed this.

I was with a small group of photographers this day and we decided to enter an area noted for Elk year around. This is a forested area so we were on foot, slowly working our way through the heavy brush hoping to see some female Elk.  It wasn’t to long that we spotted three female Elk which in turn, spotted us. We stopped for a rest and water then noted that one of the females came back. Since we were still in the area the female Elk vanished again into the forest. Our leader noticed a Raven flying through the forest low and landed on something about 50 yards away. He walked over to see what the Raven was doing and came upon this newborn Elk calf. Our small group walked over and only a couple of us took images of the newborn just before we turned around and left. We didn’t want to disturb the area for too long.

Notice how flat the newborn is to the ground and also between two logs. The calf’s coloring helps with the camouflage in the surrounding area. The only thing that moved on the calf was a twitching of an ear once in a while and the blinking of the eyes. Hopefully, this calf will survive and join the heard this summer growing strong for the winter ahead.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L at 166mm

ISO 800, 1/100 sec at f/16


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