Bighorn Ewe and Newborn Lamb, Yellowstone National Park

Photo of a bighorn ewe and new-born lamb.

Bighorn Ewe and New-born Lamb

I took this photo a year ago.  I’m posting it to show where this ewe gave birth.  As you can see, the ground is fairly steep and the surface is made up of a lot of small rocks that have eroded away from above.  Much  of it will eventually wind up at the bottom of the canyon.  The lamb has yet to stand up, although it has tried several times.  They were on the east side of the Yellowstone River Canyon and I was on the west side.  I shot this scene using a 500mm lens with a 2x tele-converter on a Canon 7D camera.  That adds up to 1600mm or 32 power.  The photo is also cropped a bit.  I would guess that I was 200-300 yards away.  Now, what I really want to show you is the next photo.

Photo of bighorn ewe and new-born lamb.

Bighorn Ewe and Lamb

This photo was taken with a full frame sensor camera and a 100-400mm lens at 100mm.  That would be 2 power.  Can you spot them?  From left to right they are just about centered.  From top to bottom they are about 65% from the top.  I’d say the lamb is safe from predators there, with the possible exception of eagles, but at some point they are going to have to walk out of there.  What route would you take?


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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2 Responses to Bighorn Ewe and Newborn Lamb, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    This is really cool, Jim! It’s amazing that they give birth in such precarious places, and even more amazing that the newborn will be capable of walking out of that place! Seeing the full scene is great too — nice eyes spotting them!

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