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Oct 11, 2021 11:49:16   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Went out looking for these sheep this past weekend. As the "rut" approaches, the rams start to move into ewe territory. Was hoping to get a few photos of the rams "head butting" but when it finally happened they were screened by bare trees...oh well. All these photos were taken across a canyon and approximately 400+ yards away. A fall weekend well spent in the mountains even though it was cool and rainy.

Camera used was a Sony RX10 M3.

1. These are large crops
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2. My spotting scope - photos were taken under those rocky ridges to give you an idea of the distance
2.  My spotting scope - photos were taken under th...
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3. Ear collared ewe checking out the ram...and he is interested!
3.  Ear collared ewe checking out the ram...and he...
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4. However another ram is approaching...a challenger?
4.  However another ram is approaching...a challen...
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5. Head butting posturing...missed getting the clash
5.  Head butting posturing...missed getting the cl...
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6. My buddy watching the action
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Oct 11, 2021 11:50:50   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
A really nice set jederick.

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Oct 11, 2021 11:54:15   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
kpmac wrote:
A really nice set jederick.


That was a quick response, Ken and thank you very much...good to see you enjoyed this spectacle!!

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Oct 11, 2021 13:23:19   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
I love watching these guys during the rut. Good post! That first ram looks like a relative youngster to me.

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Oct 11, 2021 13:33:44   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Retired CPO wrote:
I love watching these guys during the rut. Good post! That first ram looks like a relative youngster to me.


Many thanks Chief. These are the California sub-species of big horns and they are smaller and their horns are also smaller. I was able to age him at 6 y.o. and about a 150 ram which is typical for this area.

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Oct 11, 2021 13:35:25   #
angler Loc: StHelens England
 
Excellent set Jederick.

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Oct 11, 2021 13:38:53   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
angler wrote:
Excellent set Jederick.


Thank you, Jim...appreciate you stopping by!!

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Oct 11, 2021 15:23:59   #
Sylvias Loc: North Yorkshire England
 
Very good set Jim, love the colourful leaves.

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Oct 11, 2021 16:26:11   #
DaveO Loc: Northeast CT
 
Good show!

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Oct 11, 2021 16:50:10   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Excellent work, Jim! Where did you get these?

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Oct 11, 2021 18:30:30   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
jederick wrote:
Went out looking for these sheep this past weekend. As the "rut" approaches, the rams start to move into ewe territory. Was hoping to get a few photos of the rams "head butting" but when it finally happened they were screened by bare trees...oh well. All these photos were taken across a canyon and approximately 400+ yards away. A fall weekend well spent in the mountains even though it was cool and rainy.

Camera used was a Sony RX10 M3.


Nice 🧡🧡🧡🧡

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Oct 11, 2021 18:37:04   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Sylvias wrote:
Very good set Jim, love the colourful leaves.


Thank you Sylvias and good to see you back...now forget the colorful leaves and focus on the rams!!

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Oct 11, 2021 18:40:41   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
DaveO wrote:
Good show!


There you are, haven't seen you in a while. We've been gone a good deal the last two months with trips to So. Calif. and side trips and, more on the way. Hope all has been going well for you.

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Oct 11, 2021 18:45:39   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
UTMike wrote:
Excellent work, Jim! Where did you get these?


Thanks Mike. These are from Oak Creek Canyon near Delta, Utah. They are hard to locate in the cliffs as they hang out in little riffs that lie between chutes in the walls. Best to find them with binocs or spotting scope. And, it was very wet and cold there, imagine they will get snow this week!!

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Oct 11, 2021 18:46:03   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
joecichjr wrote:
Nice 🧡🧡🧡🧡


Thank you Joe!!

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