Alces alces

Moose (Alces alces)
  1. Possible melanistic moose, or at least a very dark male. He still has brown tinges in some places
  2. Another dark fellow
  3. A reddish-brown female with socks, darker lower body, blond neck, and a few white patches
  4. A piebald female who honestly looks like a pony or a cow, until you notice her hump!
  5. A creamy female with some dark fur mixed in around her neck and near her rump.  Small black spots dot her body.
  6. Pure white male, growing in his antlers. The quality isn’t great and his eyes seem to be a very light color with a teeny bit of a pinkish tinge, so he could possibly be albino, but leucistic is more likely. I wish this image was of better quality!

Moose Twig Eater by Paul B Jones on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
The name moose comes from the Algonquin word mooswa, which means “twig eater". Appropriately enough this photograph was taken in Algonquin Provincial Park in southern Ontario and the moose is eating some twigs. I suspect it is a calf, born in spring 2011, as a substantially larger female moose (probably its mother) was standing nearby.

Algonquin is a great place to see this animal, especially along Highway 60 which cuts through the lower part of the Park. We most often encounter them around K25 or so, closer to the west gate. They frequently come to the road edge, and if you stay in your car they will not retreat into the forest.

The picture was taken at dusk on an overcast day with a snow white background - challenging enough to overwhelm my camera smarts. I think I accidently bumped the ISO to 3200 so there isn’t much detail.