European wildlife: Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) sparring, Dovrefjell National Park, Norway.
We spent almost all of our time with a group of 15 male muskoxen. This was a relatively large group; normally a bull group is much smaller (3-5 individuals). As a result there was more sparring (fighting) than usual. It was not mating season, but it appears that the bulls establish and confirm dominance throughout the year.
One day we lucked out; the sparring took place on a ridge of a snowfield with snow covered mountains in the background with snow flying. This was our dream scenario... active animals with nothing but a white background! I slowed the shutter speed down on purpose to emphasize the blowing snow.
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