Mountain Goat

This kid was just few weeks old when the picture was taken. Getting to spend sometime near the bottom of the valley, with its mother nearby. Most of its time will be spent much higher up, where it's safe from most predators. 

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Mountain Goat

In wildlife for many species, including for the mountain goats, the female looks after their  young from the day they are born to the day they are on their own. The nanny will give birth away from others, when the kid can get around the two will seek the company of others. The kid will never be too far from the nanny. The nanny will help the kid with food, help it learn to climb, nanny using their eyes to help guide the kid through a safe route on a side of a mountain. So the least a kid can do is provide it's mother a place to rest her head for a few seconds on a hot day.

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Mountain Goat

he goal for the evening was to hopefully watch mountain goats on the side of the mountains. There was one adult and it was slowly making its way toward a falls that only exists during the snow melt or when there's a major rainfall. Opportunity presented itself, to take a picture of the goat and the falls. I had to be somewhat quick, did not know how long the goat was going to be there for and how close it was going to get to the water. From the valley, I framed the picture I wanted and then waited for the goat to get into the position I hoped for.

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Mountain Goats

When returning from Jasper we came across three mountain goats along the road. They were busy licking minerals and eating grass. All together there were three goats, two adults and a one year old. In about two months they will be high up on the mountain, where they will spend their winter.

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Mountain Goat

During the summer the goats will make their way to the bottom of the valley to look for minerals. This male was just doing that along with few others. There is no guarantee which day and what time, because I'm out there on a regular basis, there is always a chance I will be seeing them. Most of the time I see them high up on the side of the mountains, but I can't complain when I get to see them bottom of the mountain.

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

A mother mountain goat making her way to the bottom of the valley for minerals, with her kid following right behind her. Every year during the warm season the goats will make their way to lick minerals their body need. Since it's not always the same time each year, a bit of luck is involved seeing them. Always a nice surprise. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goats

Few days later this place was covered by snow, but before that I got to watch these goats and nine other in the morning and then in the afternoon. While I was taking their pictures in the afternoon from few hundred meters below, I was also trying to figure out what they were staring at. In the morning I heard the call of a Golden Eagle nearby, I could not see or hear one in the afternoon, plus they are only wary of one when their offsprings are quite young. Even after they ran for fifty meters or so in the opposite direction, I had no clues. In the end I got to watch the Mountain Goats on a sunny fall afternoon and a mystery to solve. Nature always find a way of keeping you coming back. 


Until next moment, 

Amar

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Few weeks back I watched this adult and one year old moving along the side of the mountains, ocassionally stopping to eat along the way. The mountain goats have their winter coat on, ready for the winter when it decides to arrive. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goat

Few mornings ago I got a nice suprise, seeing a week old kid. All curled up in a cavity created by goats over time looking for minerals. As expected, the mother was not far away from her young. It pays to get out early.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goats

Mountain goats have two toes among their cloven hooves, providing them with better balance. The rough pads under the toes give the goats the grip they need to be great climbers. You only have to see them once high above to verify this ability. Here's a two year old doing just that, while an adult watches from above. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

 

 

Mountain Goat

I was watching this lone mountain goat from the distance as it was eating and moving around side of the mountain. It effortlessly moved around the cliffs as it was forging for food. Until I get to see them up close up there, I enjoy watching them from the distance.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goats

This mother and a kid spending a hot afternoon in the mountains by coming down to the bottom of the valley to look for minerals. The were with compnay, another female and her offspring. Its fun to watch the goats when they are near eachother, always cranky, even with their own offspring. Here the adult showing her tongue, maybe she is cranky with me.

Until next moment,

Amar

Mountain Goat

This two year old mountain goat seems to be planing out its descent before heading downward, much like a skier or boarder does  from top of a race course. I go through similar process when a box of chocolates is front me, deciding which chocolate will be consumed first and which last. 

Until next moment,

Amar