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    Some folks have noticed the mud on the Bighorn sheep's legs. As you can see from this image, they came to the pond seemingly to wade into and sip at the shallow water and mud. I inquired into this occupation with a wildlife expert and was informed that the sheep come to this location to acquire some minerals located here. I immediately thought of salt, but there are many elk and other animals in this area that are not attracted to this location, so the sheep are ingesting something peculiar to their own needs as you see them doing in this image.


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    Good shooting,
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    EB,
    Your series on your last trip has been outstanding. I really like the way you are presenting the photos, one a day, just enough information to tell a story and make one "tune in" looking forward to whats coming next.
    Great stuff
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    Great capture, Bob. Outstanding!
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    Default Re: Of Mud and Minerals

    I certainly second Jim's remarks. Thanks for another excellent shot. Group pics are tougher to get, but in this one the three are nicely arranged.. ~Ken

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    Default Re: Of Mud and Minerals

    Thank you. I just don't want to use more than my fair share of the forum.
    Good shooting,
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    Thank you. I get lucky every now and again.
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    Thank you. I wish I could claim some credit for organizing the affair, but I just happened to be there and snapped what I saw. I've passed by that spot repeatedly for years without ever seeing any sheep there. This time I just got lucky.
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    Default Re: Of Mud and Minerals

    Quote Originally Posted by E B View Post
    Thank you. I just don't want to use more than my fair share of the forum.
    Use all you want, I'm sure most will agree ! Great images, Bob.
    Hell, you can use my share for awhile if you want it .

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    Thank you, that's most generous of you. However, I've already got more than 6,000 more posts than you and I suspect that, from a purely statistical point of view, I'm the most prolific poster on this forum.
    Good shooting,
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    Default Re: Of Mud and Minerals

    Interesting, EB. Perhaps they're after Calcium to help develop those magnificant horns??
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    Thank you. I suspect that it is something to do with the horns though I don't know what. The water in the ponds is quite drinkable and ducks frequent them.
    Good shooting,
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