January 5, 2016

Mating Call

Photograph by Félix Morlán González, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot community member Félix Morlán González captured this powerful image of a bellowing stag while in the United Kingdom in October 2014. The majestic sight moved him to make a photo that highlighted the natural setting and the power of this driven animal. “The idea was to [show] that cold atmosphere there first thing in the morning in the forest,” he writes. “For this I … framed the deer in vegetation. Light fog increased the strength of the image. I wanted to reflect in a natural way the beautiful spectacle of rutting, the spectacle of a great male bellowing. The males do not feed during the rutting season … For days they roar and fight with other males [and attract] as many females as possible.”

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37 comments
Juliano Pastorino
Juliano Pastorino

Absolutely fantastic shot! This is a Scottish Red Deer (Cervus elaphus scoticus), native to the British Isles. Its neck and face are greyer than its body.

Janet Xu
Janet Xu

The camera must be very good.

Chris Bradshaw
Chris Bradshaw

Brilliant - the stag etched against greenery and fog has an almost 3D effect.

Craig Leigh
Craig Leigh

Remarkable bull ... !   and photo.  Congrats on POTD

M. Atshan
M. Atshan

such an amazing  photograph

John Korvell
John Korvell

A magnificent animal.  You've caught it's environment perfectly.  I can almost feel the dampness

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

@Bill Palen Stag is a connotation for male, mostly used to refer to a male deer. However it is not wrong to use “stag” for a Elk either, and for that matter many other male animals, just as a calf is not only limited to a cow.

Mike Bless
Mike Bless

@Tyler Gagat @Bill Palen Bill my curiosity got me researching more. Is it true that Elk do not live in The United Kingdom which is where this photo was taken ?

Timothy Storch
Timothy Storch

Wonderful photograph, shot at a perfect moment of calling out.  Good job.


Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I think this is the most beautiful stag picture I have ever seen.  It is magnificent.  The branches in the fog behind him duplicate the pattern of his antlers.  


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