European wildlife: Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in winter, Dovrefjell National Park, Norway.
These are some of the bulls my friend and fellow photographer Niels Kooijman and I followed during our 13 day trip in Dovrefjell. We counted up to 15 bulls in the group. The muskoxen had a distinct schedule and we adapted to that. In the morning they grazed, primarily lichen and creeping willow. The animals concentrated their feeding activities on the wind swept slopes and they used their hoofs to scrape the remaining snow and ice off the vegetation. Around noon they sparred for about 15-30 minutes. Afterwards they bedded down and ruminated, perhaps until 4 pm or so.
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