Early Arrivals – Mountain Bluebird Male on Valentines Day.

mountain-blue-bird-early-arrival-ywguiding-2-14-2017 Over the last 15 years I’ve been here in the Rockies these striking migrants usually arrive the first week of March. Two weeks early may be an aberration but birds migrating earlier and earlier is one of the thousands of signs of #ClimateChange impact on our world.
2/14/2017 Nikon D500 200-400mm @ 400mm, f5, 1/2500 ISO 500 #VisitEstesPark #RockyMountainNationalPark #Wildlife

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Thanksgiving in Estes – Big horn Sheep

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During Thanksgiving many people think of Turkey, but Thanksgiving in Estes Park is thee best time of the year to observe Big Horn Sheep. That week is close to thee peak of the Big Horn Sheep rut, and on special occasions we are lucky enough to see Ewes and Rams in their Rut behavior but sometimes we Rams fight!

Big Rams

Its rather rare to find the big rams in Rocky Mountain National Park at a close distance to photograph. Yesterday however the big guys were along the hillside and were really putting on a show for guests. My clients Nancy and Frank got some great shots both with their camera and mine. Below is an image of one of the larger rams up on the rocks from my Nikon 200-400 lens. For more information on Big Horn Sheep or to book a tour visit www.YWGuiding.com

Big Horn Sheep, Ram, Photo Workshop, Wildlife Photography, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado

Photography with the McGills with special guests, Big Horn Sheep

Yesterday I took out the McGill’s for a photo safari. We shot sunrise then heading out looking for animals. The elk soon showed up and we got some good shots with them. Then we did some landscapes and snow abstracts and headed to find Big Horn Sheep. We found 3 ewes up on the hill so I broke out the 500mm added the teleconverter and John went to town shooting. After lunch at Deleo’s Deli we found the resident elk at McGregor Mtn Lodge already growing their new set of antlers. Up the road we found 25 more big horns and I got the picture below. We wrapped up the day spotting 3 coyotes too far to out to shot and shot the water at the alluvial fan. Good day even though it was sunny.

Big Horn Sheep, Ram, Wildlife Photography, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado

Epic Snowshoe Sunrise

This morning I took out photographer Tim Fleming www.timfleming.com and family out to shot sunrise. The drive up in the park gave us snow covered roads with the threat of having to turn around. The snow was 4 inches deep in the parking lot with fresh powder still falling. After Nymph Lake we were breaking trail in about 10-20 inches of snow. Seeing the Dream Lake area with no snowshoe tracks was just beautiful. We got some nice morning light and had the ice of Dream Lake to greet us. What an amazing way to start the day!

Dream Lake, Hallets Peak, Morning Photography, Landscape, Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado, Photo Workshop, Photo Tour