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Spot the Rams

The best way to see Bighorn Sheep is to listen for falling rocks; the sheep tend to constantly knock down small rocks on steep slopes as they move. Once heard, the eye can zero in. Otherwise they are extremely well camouflaged in their habitat.

Can you spot them? Even to the naked eye they were difficult to see unless moving. The lead ram has a good size curl, though not a full curl. The one behind has a good size curl but not quite as full.

They were closer when I spotted them, but it took a few minutes to get the 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar out to make the image, the longest lens I had with me.

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According to a local contact living nearby, the Forest Service repudiated the presence of Bighorn Sheep in this area for years, in spite of being told that the sheep were seen nearly every day. I am told there is a study program in place now.

Bighorn Sheep Rams Traversing Steep Slope
Nikon D810 + Zeiss 135mm f/2 APO-Sonnar
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