Young rams at play… and practice

Waterton Sheep Pre-rut - © Christopher Martin-3480

On one of our morning drives, Kian and I came across a few Bighorn rams on the Akamina Parkway near Cameron Lake in the Waterton National Park.  These were adolescents, not the adult males which will battle for the attention of the ewes in the fall.  Nonetheless, a couple of them were practicing their rutting between grazing on the roadside vegetation.

Waterton Sheep Pre-rut - © Christopher Martin-3481

Waterton Sheep Pre-rut - © Christopher Martin-3507

When the big boys crash their horns together it can echo across a valley.  These battles didn’t carry that kind of power but it was great action with no lack of enthusiasm.  We were able to watch three battles and my son and I both loved watching, and hearing, the collisions.

Waterton Sheep Pre-rut - © Christopher Martin-3530

I do wonder if concussions are a problem as they are with human contact sports.

Waterton Sheep Pre-rut - © Christopher Martin-3544

5 responses

  1. Pingback: Rutting Elk in the Bow Valley | Christopher Martin Photography

  2. Fabulous captures!

    September 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm

  3. Andy fergstad

    Fabulous pictures Chris! shows you talent this is what you are meant to do!

    August 31, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    • Thank you Andy! I always appreciate your support and your kind words.

      September 2, 2015 at 12:28 am

  4. wow – great shots

    August 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm

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