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All images taken with a Canon 1DX MkII and EF200-400mm f4.0 lens.
A recent return to Denver afforded me another opportunity to spend some times in the Rockies. An early morning start allowed me to get close to the summit of Mount Evans shortly after first light. I was fortunate to find two small herds of mountain goats, spending most of my time with a group of 5, 1 male adult, 2 female adults and 2 kids. The kids will be the subject of their own blog.
It really is a privilege to spend time close to any wild animal. The goats are fairly used to humans and though wary are not skittish. I managed to gain some trust with the male billy goat, to get some close ups of him grazing on the tundra. I also spent a lot of my time trying to keep the goats between me and the early morning sun. It allowed the sunlight to illuminate their beards, tips of their horns and outlines to provide some lovely portraits of these beautiful animals.
The first set of images are quite closely framed as I was very close. The there are a few images from slightly further away which gives a context to the terrain. In the two head portraits you can see my battle to try and get the beard backlit and some highlighting on the horns.
The billy goat seemed to be fitted with a GPS tracker. Watching all the goats close up their agility on the rock was great so observe at such close quarters. In the time I was with them they covered considerable territory as they grazed. Being at around 13500feet it was certainly a struggle for the unfit photographer to keep up.
The last two images were a bit of an experiment. The ledge that the goat had gone too was slightly out of a good hitting range even with the extender clicked it. Also the sun had risen quite a bit and though was still framing the animal it was becoming more difficult to get a good exposure balance without the sky looking far to blown out.