Bighorn Sheep at Anza-Borrego

March 20, 2015 at 6:38 am (California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

 

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The highlight of my trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park last month was seeing newborn desert bighorn sheep with their mamas on the Borrego Palms trail.

Desert-bighorn-ewes-and-lambs,-Anza-Borrego-CA-(54)-copyThey scurried up steep rocks and knife edges as if they had been doing it for years.

Desert-bighorn-ewes-and-lambs,-Anza-Borrego-CA-(44)-copy-2We first saw them high up, and you can see one of the ewes has a red tracking collar.

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The juxtaposition of a jet and the sheep was strange.

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We took the alternate route back, but unfortunately that was when the sheep chose to come down to the main trail.  I saw the awed hikers and cursed our poor decision.  (However there were more wildflowers on that trail.)  We found a shortcut (eventually) back to the main trail, but by then the sheep were headed back up.

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Desert-bighorn-ewes-and-lambs,-Anza-Borrego-CA-(25)-copyThese youngsters made up for not seeing rams.  Next time…!

 

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2 Comments

  1. Marilyn Kircus said,

    Thanks for doing the heavy lifting and taking these great pics.

  2. Pam Leonard said,

    How cute are those babies! Wish I could tackle climbing as easily as they do.

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