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Saturday, May 2, 2009

Algonquin Moose




Today, as with most of my free time away from the day job, and on the weekends that I don't have my two girls, I am always planning different places to go to shoot Wildlife. Today I decided to make a run up to Algonquin Park here in Ontario Canada.

Algonquin is the most beautiful of parks we have here in Ontario, and is home to Moose, White Tail Deer, Black Bears, Wolves, Red Foxes, Coyotes, Beavers, birds of all kinds and various reptiles and Amphibians. Needless to say a trip into the park is almost always going to produce some sort of Wildlife, which is why you need to be careful when driving on the Highway #60 corridor that runs east to west through the park. Lots of signs are posted like the one in the top photo to the right warning motorists of the constant dangers from Wildlife, particularly the Moose which are very plentiful in the Park, and very big !! Sadly many are hit each year by motor vehicles.

This time of year the Moose are attracted to the roadsides by the lush new vegetation growing in the ditches, and also by the salty water left from the snow removal equipment during the winter, which the particularly love to drink up, as you can see in the middle photo to the right. This time of year the Bull Moose don't have their impressive Racks, they have already fallen off during the winter months. As you can see in the pictures of this Bull Moose, they are starting to grow out again. Moose Antlers are the fastest growing Bone of any animal. It won't take long for this Moose to once again have a nice rack, which is used during the rut in the fall against other Bull Moose as they fight for a mate. Perhaps I'll get back up their in the fall!! Until next time... "Put a Canon to Your Head, You Deserve it!!"

2 comments:

  1. Glad you could make it up to Algonquin in the spring, it's such a great time of year to see the moose. I'm also glad that you pointed out about being careful while driving through the park, before the grass greens up it's really hard to see the moose and deer as they blend in to the land so well.

    Hey Derek if you have any great photos taken in Algonquin Park, we're (Algonquin Outfitters) are hosting a photo contest currently, we do this three times a year, spring summer and winter. This time around the theme is Fun or Funny in Algonquin Park. Check us out at http://www.algonquinoutfitters.com/contest

    I think our summer contest will probably be some take on Wildlife in Algonquin Park as it's theme.

    Hope to see you back in the park soon. Until next time... "Put a CANOE to Your Head, You Deserve it!!"

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  2. Thanks Randy!! I will be sure to pop into your store next trip up! I also entered a shot I took yesterday into your spring contest! Thanks for letting me know about it!

    Take care, nice to meet you too!

    Derek Dafoe

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