Early Awareness

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
7965784/1000000 sec. / ISO 320
State/Province/Region
South Dakota
Nearest Area
Badlands NP
Town
Wall
Notes

EF 200-400mm @ 329mm; f/16 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 320

Description

Bighorn ewe (Ovis canadensis) with its newborn lamb high on a rocky clifff wall. Note the mother's steadfast demeanor while the lamb is clearly aware of the photographer. Ewes select an isolated, sheltered site with unobstructed view to give birth. Usually single young are born, but twins have been recorded. Ewes keep the lambs in this cliff environment to protect them from predators. Lambs are weaned by 6 months of age.

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Date Added
April 4, 2022
Date Taken
April 2, 2022