Mountain Goat

Nanny and her week old kid make their way to the bottom of the valley for some well deserved minerals. The mountain goats spend most of they time above the tree line throughout the year, moving up and down within their range. Kids are born in May or June after a six month gestation period. Normally a nanny gives birth to a single offspring after isolating herself from rest of the group. The kids weighs about 3 kg when born, within few hours it begins to run and climb. A nanny will protect her kid when faced with predators and protecting it from steep slopes with her body. Kids stay close to their mother for a year, end of which the nanny gives birth again.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goats

The older mountain goats made their way to the bottom, for the minerals. But the kids, about two week old were bit skittish to say the least, they were staying higher up the day I came across them, they were full of energy and very playful. Running around, butting heads and pushing each other off  prime spots. This playful behaviour will come in handy when they get older, when they will be threatening to use their horns, over prime spots for eating and for resting. But for now it's fun for them and for us watching. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goat

 

The mother sat there for most of the time, as the kid full of energy jumped up and down with dirt flying into the air. Then heading butting a branch for several minutes before a Raven landed nearby. The kid moved toward the Raven, the Raven keeping its distance until it flew away. More head butting followed, all this went on for some twenty minutes. After that the one year old mountain goat went over to its mother and sat down next to her.
Until next moment,
Amar

 

 

Mountain Goat

 This female Mountain Goat was spotted a week ago, licking minerals near the bottom of the valley. Few weeks from now they will start losing their winter coat, so its was good to get pictures of them before that takes place. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goat

This one year old with two older mountain goats were hanging out near the bottom of the valley. Looking for important minerals to digest and eating plants as well. It was  nice treat see them up close, since I have been watching them from a distance for several months.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goats

While watching the mountain goats from the bottom of the valley, I was taken back to days in the classroom when studying Greek mythology. The goats like the mythological gods watching over from above, while a mortal looking above in amazement.

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Amar

Mountain Goats

Over the last little while I have been watching mountain goats, from far away, about 3.3 km to be exact. Watched them on a side of a peak, a kilometre above the valley. They are willing to deal with harsh weather, avalanche danger and low quality food. Why? To survive, a goal of every animal. No predator to challenge them up there, not until warmer weather arrives and they have to come down for minerals and other nutrients.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goats

The goats were taking in the last of the sunlight of the day. Would have been great hiking up to get a closer picture, but it was to late to hike near them. So from my location I framed the picture that would give the best look.

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Amar 

Mountain Goats

I was making my way home through Kootenay National Park, passing by Mount Wardle, when I saw several mountain goats at the animal lick. It's a place where the goats can find important mineral nutrients. The natural licks , provide various minerals for bone, muscle and other growth in animals. They were about 15 meters above the road, quickly grabbed several pictures before continuing my way home.

Until next moment,

Amar