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|I took this picture of a bighorn sheep at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.|
Ovis canadensis nelsoni
What does it look like?
Their profile best displays bighorn sheep's regal form, their massive, spiraled horns, gracefully lined faces and stocky but smoothly formed bodies. Smaller than other species of bighorn sheep, Desert Bighorn weigh approximately 110 to 150 pounds and are 30 to 39 inches high at the shoulder.
Their coats are relatively smooth, consisting of brittle guard hairs and gray, crimped fleece beneath.
Their flanks are tawny, shading to yellowish white on their undersides and distinctive white on their hindquarters.
Both sexes have horns, but the horns on the rams are much larger then the ewe’s horns. Horns on rams can reach a length of 50 cm (20 inches) and spiral around the sides of their heads. About the time that a ram’s horns begin to block his peripheral vision, he has already rubbed off the tips on a rock.
Where in the world?
Bighorn are widespread sparingly dispersed in the western mountains from Canada to California and Mexico. The Desert Bighorn subspecies is only found in the southwestern deserts. Desert Bighorn are now so few in number and generally so well-secluded in their rocky habitat that they are seldom seen. Their ideal habitat is the arid, desolate rocky ranges which jut up from the low desert plains.
What are some behaviors?
Bighorn sheep are shy creatures which need ample wilderness area not encroached upon by human activities. Expert climbers and jumpers and their ability to go long periods without water, adapt them to desert and surrounding rocky mountain peaks. Bighorn's steps measure some 18 inches when walking, and up to 10 feet when bounding across level ground.
What does it eat?
Bighorn sheep feed on various grasses, young plants and leaves. During winter, they eat woody plants. For Desert Bighorn, their main diet is shrubs and sometimes even cacti. Like all sheep, bighorn digest their food in four-chambered stomachs, which allows them to eat even the toughest plants.
Except for summer when Desert Bighorn must drink at least every four days, they are able to get most of their water from the wide variety of plants they consume. However, when water is available, bighorn will drink every day. Bands of males and maternal bands both concentrate close to perennial water during hot, dry summer months.
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Is he praying for summer ?? ;)
Great shot Manyee, very funny pose you have here :)
Great title. Good timing to get this odd pose. Nice composition. Thanks
- [2005-04-19 5:50]
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thanks, Manyee. I like this kind of attitude: aspiration or gratitude.
Nice pose and composition. The title is very catchy. Nice shot, well done.
Bit of a rush today.
great post, thanks for sharing
Manyee, Great framing and a great pose..Good details and sharpness. Well done!
- [2005-04-20 10:17]
This is very funny and I love the title. The sharpness and detail is excelent
Thanks for bringing a smile to my face
Very elegant lines in this composition. The pose of the sheep leads the viewer nicely through the fram and the green catus adds a nice contrasting color. Well done. Great note.
I would gt a headache holding my head like that!!!! Nice pic!