Bull Elk Near San Francisco

A bull elk ruminates on Tomales Point.

Bull Elk, Tomales Point

I photographed this bull Tule elk in the Elk Reserve at Point Reyes National Seashore a couple of weeks ago.   The bulls are dropping their antlers there now.  This bull may no longer have his.  If elk have egos I wonder how the bulls feel when they lose their antlers?

Those of us who live in the San Francisco Bay Area and like to see wildlife are very fortunate to have Point Reyes nearby.  We are certain to see Tule elk and Black-tailed deer at Point Reyes.  We have a very good chance of seeing coyotes and bobcats.  We can see whales off the coast and marine mammals, such as elephant seals, on the shore.   We can see all sorts of bird life, including peregrine falcons.   I can’t think of another large metropolitan area that has all of these wildlife species nearby.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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2 Responses to Bull Elk Near San Francisco

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    Lovely shot, Jim! I was up on Tomales Point yesterday in a very large herd of elk. There was one lone male still with antlers that was acting like the boss. It was funny though, since his rack was fairly small, and I’m sure he’d have no chance of competing with larger bulls if they still had their antlers. He seemed to be taking advantage of the situation though!

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