I'm Watching You! by George Cousins

Which is fair game, since I was watching him (or her) as he/she came out of the trees and stopped short on this rather sheer rock slope in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
The Rocky Mountain Goat is native only to North America, and usually thrives in the higher elevations of the western mountain ranges, where it’s ability to roam over seemingly impossible terrain keeps it fairly safe from predators.

This is from Wikipedia:
Both male and female mountain goats have beards, short tails, and long black horns, 15–28 cm in length, which contain yearly growth rings. They are protected from the elements by their woolly white double coats. The fine, dense wool of their undercoats is covered by an outer layer of longer, hollow hairs. In spring, mountain goats moult by rubbing against rocks and trees, with the adult billies (males) shedding their extra wool first and the pregnant nannies (females) shedding last. In the winter, their coats help them to withstand temperatures as low as −50 °F (−46 °C) and winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h).

A billy stands about three feet (1 m) at the shoulder to the waist. Male goats also have longer horns and a longer beard than nannies. Mountain goats typically weigh between 100 and 300 lbs (45–136 kg); females are usually 10-30% lighter than males.
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June 27, 2011
FUJI S100FS camera. 1/350. F 5.2, ISO 400, 150 mm. multi-segment metering, hand-held.

Featured in Beautiful B.C.


  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 4 years ago

    what a beautiful, natural shot George, well done!! He’s nice and clean too, not shaggy like the sheep were

  • Thanks Vicki! We saw a lot of them, both in Kootenay and Yoho, and none of them had that moth-eaten look that the sheep had. Maybe they shed earlier or later than the sheep. This guy was really beautiful, but didn’t stay around very long.

    – George Cousins

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...almost 4 years ago

    Thank you for submitting this to Beautiful BC Great shot, George!

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 4 years ago

    18 July 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Helen Akerstrom Photography
    Helen Akerstro...almost 4 years ago

    Great composition!

  • Thanks very much Helen!

    – George Cousins

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaalmost 4 years ago

    My goodness George, this is amazing. I didn’t have luck with mountain goats so far at all. I would love to see them but I guess I will have to be patient. This shot is absolutely perfect my friend. Instant fave.

  • Wonderful comments from someone I admire so much! Greatly appreciated Teresa. We had good luck this trip, found goats 4 times, in both Banff and Kootenay. But it was our first time, too, so they aren’t nearly as easy to find as the sheep. I spotted this flash of white out of the corner of my eye and wasn’t sure what I’d seen, and then he came out and gave me the once-over..lol!

    – George Cousins

  • Sheri Bawtinheimer
    Sheri Bawtinhe...over 3 years ago

    July 22, 2011 on behalf of co-host LGraham

  • Very many thanks Sheri, delighted to be Featured in the Group!

    – George Cousins

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture George

  • Many thanks, it was a lucky break, those guys are pretty elusive!

    – George Cousins

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on your feature :)

  • Hi Yannik, thanks very much, really appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Yannik Hay
    Yannik Hayover 3 years ago

    This is a great sighting and very well captured. I’ve been in the Kootenays but haven’t had the chance to see a majestic mountain goat like this one.
    Very well captured. Cheers :)

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