Love in the neighborhood

Love in the neighborhood

Yes, the Powerline Pass area above Anchorage, in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains, is a prime location for viewing and photographing moose at this time of year.  The rut is pretty much in full swing, and a dominant bull will have a harem of about ten cows by now.  But you do not have to go all the way up there to see rutting action.  As I was getting breakfast ready before heading out to photograph the state cross country championships out in Palmer, Michelle told me to grab my camera, the cow and calf were back in our yard.  The camera was in the trunk, waiting to go to Palmer.  But, I was able to go out and get the camera, with the cow and calf standing a mere fiften feet away.  They were not concerned with me because the cow was distracted by the mid-size bull moose working his way down our street toward her.  Ignoring her spring calf, the cow wandered over to the bull, lowering her head to sniff him and allowing him to sniff her, wimpering and letting out mixed signals of being interested and wanting to be left alone.  She wandered across the street, and he followed; yet she stopped and let him sniff her again.  They continued on through the neighborhood in that fashion, cutting between houses as the rutting chase went on.

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  1. Carl Johnson Photography - Blog Says:

    […] You will know from my previous posts that we get all kinds of wild birds in our yard, along with moose, voles and bats.  (Be on the lookout this year for a “bat cam” to be added to my web […]

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