by BlueSky on Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:49 pm
Thrilled with our first surprise encounter, we continued our pursuit back towards Swan Lake. We stopped at Sheepeater to look for Pikas but found a huge crowd instead. One more look for Quad Mom. No sign of her & the kids. We went down The Gardner Canyon to look for the baby sheep. There was one standing high up on a rock ledge with Mom but no way to get a good shot. We headed back towards Mammoth & saw a new baby elk calf & her Mom near the river. We set up the camera & captured a dramatic & scary scene. Mom decided that they would need to cross the river! The river was high & brown, rolling at capacity over boulders & logs. Mom stepped in & swam half way across, stopping near a huge log to wait for her calf. The calf hesitated & then jumped in! We held our breath as Kevin clicked away at the drama unfolding.
the calf made it to the half way point & got a kiss & reassurance from Mom but the worst was yet to come as the calf was swept downstream & out of our sight!
But then all was well & Mom & calf were together again with one more crossing to go.
to be continued….