Rocky Mountain Sheep

Alyce Taylor

Joined December 2008

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Featured in Artists Universe on August 21st, 2011.

Bighorn sheep are named for their large, curved horns atop their heads that weigh around 14 kg on a male. Though both sexes have horns, the males are much larger, and are utilized in the headbutting battles for female’s attention during mating season. These horns advertise to females a male’s health and age since they continuously grow through his life. Their body also has double-layered skulls supported by struts and a huge tendon linking the head and spine to cushion the blows from their rival.

Photo taken at the Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi
Focal length250 mm
Exposure1/250 at f/5.6
ISO 250
No post-processing

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