2019—Portrait of a Big Ram

This Desert Bighorn Sheep was one of the biggest rams in the band of about 90 sheep we watched for a few days in the Great Basin in Nevada. His large, heavy horns show years of wear and tear. A chunk on one of his horns is missing and the tips of the horns are broken off. The damage is likely the result of clashes with other rams over dominance and choice of ewes in the group. We were able to get fairly close to the band without disturbing them as long as we stayed in or behind the vehicle. I shot this big ram from the vehicle using my Nikon D5 and Nikkor 500mm PF lens.