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It tends to be a little breezy at 14,000 feet, so it’s a good thing that mountain goats have such thick, protective coats.

This nanny was peeking around a pile of rocks before heading down to join the rest of the nanny group, and caught a blast of frigid wind. It’s summer, and her coat is in the process of shedding, and in the process, looks really ratty at this point.

To get rid of their excess coat, they rub against rocks, scratch at it with their horns, or just let the wind blast of chunks of hair flapping in the breeze. I’m sometimes tempted to grab a handful as they pass by, but I don’t think my efforts would be appreciated.

Males only associate with females during mating season; other times, nannies (female goats), yearlings, and new kids all hang out together. I’d only seen one newborn this year until a huge nanny group arrive close to the summit of Mt Evans – there were 14 (count ’em, 14) new kids, and a dozen nannies and yearlings – quite the scene!

Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO
Sony a700
Sigma 70-400
Feisol tripod, Jobu gimbal

ISO160, 1/1000sec, f/5.6, 400mm

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I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture with great info, thanks for sharing Ray!

  • SamTheCowdog
    SamTheCowdogover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture. :)

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 4 years ago

    Come on tomorrow!!!!!

  • I gotta warn you, I’m pretty gimpified – I’m on crutches and pretty slow. what say we take your vehicle?

    – Jay Ryser

  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 4 years ago

    We can do that…

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    july 22, 2010

  • Pamela Hubbard
    Pamela Hubbardover 4 years ago

    He has a mythical look about him. What a great capture!

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 2 years ago

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