|Winter time in western Mongolia and the vulnerable flocks of sheep and goats are herded into folds at night next to the homestead to protect them from wolves and snow leopards.
In the morning they are keen to go foraging once let out from their confined enclosure. A young boy or two are assigned to look after the flock during their daytime foraging as attacks from predators are not just confined to the nocturnal hours.
In the foreground of this picture are a couple of skulls from the famous Marco Polo Sheep or Mongolian Argali (Ovis ammon polii). Their distribution spreading from the Pamir range and into the Altai on the Mongolian Chinese border.