Elk in winter
Winter has arrived in Biebrza valley, writes Honeyguide's Poland guide, Artur Wiatr.
The first freeze is a signal for elk to move from the marshes to higher and drier pine woods – their natural routine this time of year.
|Elk at Biebrza National Park, Poland (Piotr Tałałaj).|
|Elk at Biebrza (Piotr Tałałaj). More elk photos by Piotr on Facebook.|
Winter is also the time when bulls drop antlers – so one has to be careful when determining gender. Elk will stay in the forest for the whole winter and move back towards the marshes by the end of March and April. Biebrza Valley is the biggest refuge of elks in Poland. There are c. 600 elks living in Biebrza National Park and a few thousand in the whole country.