Early morning sunlight on this female Elk and her calves along the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. When the female Elk are near to giving birth, they tend to isolate themselves from the main herd, and will remain isolated until the calf is large enough to escape predators. Elk calves are born spotted, as is common with many deer species, and they lose their spots by the end of summer. After two weeks, calves are able to join the herd, and are fully weaned at two months of age. Elk calves are as large as an adult white-tailed deer by the time they are six months old.
Canon EOS 1D MK3, EF 400mm F2.8 USM L lens, 1/4 x Canon Teleconverter, Gitzo Monopod