What You'll See:
In this sequence, you'll see rarely seen classic courtship behavior between a cow and a mature bull as the cow comes into peak estrous and stands for the bull to breed.
Setting the Stage:
This video was filmed in early September. Before this sequence, the herd bull was working to keep his large harem of cows together and keep other rival bulls at bay. As time went on, the bull started to spend more and more time with one particular cow as she was obviously coming into peak estrous. The bull's ear-tag indicates that he found himself in some sort of "trouble" at one point in his life, which required intervention by the local Game Warden / District Wildlife Manager.
Viewing / Listening Tips:
Vocalizations are not a big part of this sequence, so volume is relatively unimportant; the body language and behavior is the focal point here. Take note of:
How patient the herd bull is throughout the video (a classic sign of being a very mature bull and the type of bull a cow prefers) and how flirtatious the cow is as she cycles in and finally stands for the bull.
How long it takes the cow to get to the point of finally standing and her reaction after breeding (a classic indication that the cow was indeed bred by the bull);
How the bull holds his rack (head and neck position) during courtship activity, in contrast to the herding behavior seen in the other Gallery videos; and
The reaction—and subsequent action—of the bull once breeding is done.
While the vocalizations are not the focal point of this video, a number of bugles are labeled during the sequence. Bugles labeled in parenthesis are vocalizations made by animals OFF-SCREEN.
Levels 2 & 3 Contact Bugles