2021—Curiosity

Watching the Bighorn lamb starting to explore its environment was fascinating. I don’t know how old this lamb is but it was sound asleep at its mother’s side when we arrived and began photographing the sheep. It finally rose on its knobby-kneed legs and stared at us for a few seconds. Then, a trio of Cowbirds displaying caught its attention. Curiosity took over and I’m guessing the little lamb had not seen Cowbirds before, at least not a trio of them. It moved slowly toward the birds. But seconds after I took this shot, one of the Cowbirds moved suddenly and that startled the little lamb. It backed away a few steps and never ventured closer. It was delightfully charming to see how this little lamb was starting to piece together its new life as its mother watched from a few steps away.

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