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on Jun 27, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

The Long Days of Summer

Mountain Goat
captured by D3x / 600mm

While we mammals tend to love the warm days of summer, those who grow long, thick, winter coats to not! Most big game falls into this category and you can tell this time of year who they are. That’s because they are molting. Really, they look like they’ve run into a hungry flight of moths! While I don’t say it out loud in their presence, they’re ugly. What do you do when you have a shot like this of an Mtn Goat nanny & kid and moth is molting?

Mountain Goat
captured by D3x / 600mm

You take the picture of course! But you try to minimize the “molt” however you can. In this case, the kid’s gesture of “You want me to go where?” as he looks down the cliff was the best that could be done at this moment. Are there other options? It really depends on the situation but shadows, body positioning, size in frame, action, and gesture are all tools you can use when they fit. But until all the hair molts and the new grows in for winter (usually late fall), they are simply looking the worse for wear. And remember that as long as they have that long fur, water is even more important. Find the water and often you will find them.

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