20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Two Musk Ox challenge each other to a joust

One of the things that I really enjoyed while watching these Musk Ox bulls jousting was seeing how they seem to lay down a challenge. One (or both) of the contenders start to sway their heads and necks from side-to-side. Low, deliberate and rhythmic. The challenge is set, the course of action , the risks and the rewards are know and then, ultimately , the challenge is … accepted!

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Norway
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Copyright: © Victor Soares