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Mountain Sheep

Mountain Sheep
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Copyright: Radu Xplorator (Xplorator) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 651 W: 57 N: 1506] (7719)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon CP 8800
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 12:41
Viewed: 4675
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni), an endangered subspecie of the American bighorn sheep.

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.

Is it threatened or endangered?
Yes, the U. S. population of the Desert Bighorn found in the Peninsular Ranges of southern California is on the federal Endangered Species List. They are endangered primarily due to loss of habitat from urban development and from decimation of herds from viral respiratory infections that affect lambs.

CC. Living Desert website

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Hi Radu,
This animal fits its environment perfectly. It is almost the same colors than the background. This is a nice composition and it has most beautiful eye! :)

Hello Radu,
very nice portraite of this lovely faced and endangered taxon. Great details, especially on reddish iris and dark pupil. POV and composition great as like focus. TFS, well done

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