Unlike my blogmate Terry in Montana who is able to photograph Bighorn Sheep in the wild, I visit the small herd at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Last week I witnessed for the first time something I had only seen on film. The bighorn sheep ewes where running around their enclosure and got the two rams riled up. I was photographing this when the two rams unexpectedly butted horns. So unexpectedly, I missed the shot. It is not something I would normally post but it will explain the photo below it.
As you can see, focus is off, you see some of the fencing and a blur of an object between myself and the dueling rams. I have never seen this before and it was a thrill to hear the sound as the horns of the rams made contact. After this encounter, the larger ram raised his head and “smiled” while the other one walked off. Dominance restored, all the sheep went back to browsing for food or laying down to rest.