Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep, Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

(Note:  All pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them once or twice.)

Betsy and I were beginning to feel a little disappointed as we drove along the Wildlife Loop in Custer State Park — we hadn’t seen any wildlife at all.  But then, as we approached a curve, we noticed several cars over on the side of the road.  We of course pulled over as well and spotted these guys on the side of a hill above the road.

Bighorn Sheep, Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

This was the first time on the trip that we were able to get a good close look at bighorn sheep.  Those horns are absolutely amazing.  I got these photos with my telephoto lens.

Bighorn Sheep, Wildlife Loop, Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

We tried to get into a position where the sheep didn’t have their backs to us, but this is the best we could do.  I think these are magnificent animals.

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17 Responses to “Bighorn Sheep”

  1. A Rose Journal Says:

    They do have large horns, you were lucky to capture such great images, they are magnificent. Best Wishes Karen.

  2. Colin (HB) Says:

    George, they are magnificent indeed. I think they are a cross between a sheep and a goat. I am sure they would wreck havoc with your roses – so don’t get too ‘pally’ with them, Betsy might shoot you, if you decided to adopt a couple – ha ha!
    Colin (Brisbane. Australia)

  3. MadSnapper Says:

    they are awesome, they must be camera shy

  4. sylviakirk Says:

    Their horns are indeed amazing and such beautiful animals they are!! Wonderful captures, George! Hope you and Betsy have a great weekend!

  5. rhiebert Says:

    Those horns are impressive. They must be heavy too.

  6. Rose Says:

    I would love to actually examine their horns…would not want to get butted by one though.

  7. Ms. A Says:

    Can you even imagine having to carry those horns around all day, everyday. Very impressive, George.

  8. busy bee suz Says:

    I agree the horns are amazing….great capture George!

  9. Linda Says:

    Well, if they didn’t show you their white behinds, they’d be harder to spot! 🙂 But you did get a lovely full-body shot of that one. Nice work.

  10. Rajesh Says:

    Wow! these sheep look great. Not seen them before.

  11. Ł Says:

    Hello George
    But a wonderful post and fantastic pictures.
    I love animals.
    I admire them in nature, and the Zoo.
    All the best to you and Betsy.

  12. maryBeth Says:

    they are beauties, aren’t they. Nice shots. MB

  13. Linda G. Says:

    The one bighorn sheep has its head towards you; great pictures!

  14. maple lane Says:

    What a thrill to see these! Thanks for sharing the photos.

  15. Jewaicious Says:

    What beautiful shots of the great ones. Lovely, lovely.

  16. Karin Says:

    I always marvel at their agility – you’d think those horns would be heavy and they’d lose their balance. You got some great shots – even if some of them were mooning y’all!!

  17. Sartenada Says:

    I have never seen them in the nature. Thank You presenting these great photos from them.

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