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Incredible. I've never seen a cow elk in the color phase. Is that common?

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pastorjim08 wrote:
A great round for sure. I loved that creek set.

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Thanks Jim, that's my new found favorite too.

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co_bowhunter wrote:
Incredible. I've never seen a cow elk in the color phase. Is that common?

No, it's very uncommon in fact. The best what we here at CTF can figure is that she may be afflicted with a rare skin condition called vitiligo. She's first appeared in July around this area and her hair has slowly morphed into what you see here. I can now see that even her Winter's hair is also coming in the same way. Since her arrival, she has found acceptance with a lone cow and her calf. Could very well be the mature cow's past offspring, who knows. It appears by all accounts, that she has also found her place amongst the herd also. Most always at the rear of the herd and one of the last to leave the area.

Here are a few pics of her displaying a unique body position in response to something she heard or smelled afar. Naturally, as I have come to expect, she is usually the last to leave in front of my camera. As seen in the solo pics of her in this post.


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Nice work Gary.


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Thanks Stone,
Let me explain my objectives and reasonings here for you all.

On the creek set, it was set up in a way to capture an Elk jumping from either direction. I see that didn't quite work out, as seen in this posted image. It's best to choose one side or the other and not try for the middle, as I did with the initial set-up. So I later aimed the camera up a bit and to the left. Now hoping to capture a Bear or an Elk jumping down. Wouldn't you know it, a Bear and a small group of Elk came in from the low side and all I got was half pics of their bodies looking up. So then, today, I realigned the cam aiming down to the right at the gravel bar with the embankment visible on the upper left side and in 1/3 of the frame.

Long story short, the cam is now targeting subjects coming from the right along the gravel bar. In hopes of capturing an image of the subject jumping upwards to the left of the frame. I've made 3 separate adjustments now to this set but I'm finally happy with its present position :) This set will be very short lived, maybe 2 weeks at best. Once the fall rains hit, this area turns into a rainforest and this creek will be a rising. I'll be back to this area next Spring for sure, it's a very active crossing by the looks of it.

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