Mean Sheep of Falmer

I’ve been mulling over what to post tonight and in the end have opted to keep it tightly focused on this small group of horned sheep that I stumbled across while out near local woodland. I could hear them before I could see them (cracking branches and so on), and it took me a while to work out what was causing the noise. I eventually found my way to where they were, and I have to say they presented a magnificently mean image.

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

Horned sheep

A makeshift fence had been erected to keep them penned in at one end of the area, so presumably they were being grazed in the wood by a local farmer. Whatever the reason for their appearance there, they looked great against that background, and certainly take the prize for the meanest looking sheep I’ve ever come across. And boy could they stare!

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L USM IS lens.

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  1. dW April 4, 2014 at 1:19 am #

    Handsome lads, Words!
    Notice, in the first shot, how some of them face the other way, to prevent them from being surprised. Once they saw that it was just another two-legs, they relaxed a bit.
    Nice to see that all the horns have their points still.

    • Words April 6, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

      dW, I had of course noticed one was looking the other way, but hadn’t appreciated the reason for it. Makes complete sense though! Thanks. 🙂

  2. Darko April 4, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Wild bunch!!!

    • Words April 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

      Darko, that was very nearly the title of the entry! 😉