HIMALAYAN ANIMALS SERIES -III(IMAGES OF WILD ANIMALS FROM DARJEELING ZOO - THIRD IN A SERIES OF 5 IMAGES).
SOME TIDBITS ABOUT THE BLUE SHEEP.
The bharal or Himalayan blue sheep or naur (Pseudois nayaur) is a caprid found in the high Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, China, India, Pakistan, and Bhutan. Its native names include bharal, barhal, bharar and bharut in Hindi, na or sna in Ladakh, nabo in Spitian, naur in Nepali and na or gnao in Bhutan.The bharal is a major food of the snow leopard.
This medium-sized sheep is 115 to 165 cm (45 to 65 in) long along the head-and-body, with a tail of 10 to 20 cm (3.9 to 7.9 in). They stand 69 to 91 cm (27 to 36 in) high at the shoulder. Body mass can range from 35 to 75 kg (77 to 170 lb). Males are slightly larger than females. The short, dense coat is slate grey in colour, sometimes with a bluish sheen. The underparts and backs of the legs are white, while the chest and fronts of the legs are black. Separating the grey back and white belly is a charcoal colored stripe. The ears are small, and the bridge of the nose is dark. The horns are found in both sexes, and are ridged on the upper surface. In males, they grow upwards, then turn sideways and curve backwards, looking somewhat like an upside-down moustache. They may grow to a length of 80 cm (31 in). In females, the horns are much shorter and straighter, growing up to 20 cm (7.9 in) long.
Bharal are active throughout the day, alternating between feeding and resting on the grassy mountain slopes. Due to their excellent camouflage and the absence of cover in their environment, bharal remain motionless when approached. Once they have been noticed, however, they scamper up to the precipitous cliffs, where they once again freeze, using camoflauge to blend into the rock face. Population densities in Nepal were found to be 0.9–2.7 animals per square kilometer, increasing to a maximum of 10 animals per square kilometer in the winter, as herds congregate in valleys.Bharal are mainly grazers but during times of scarcity of grass they have the plasticity to switch to herbs and shrubs .A high degree of diet overlap between livestock (especially donkeys) and bharal, together with density-dependent forage limitation, results in resource competition and a decline in bharal density. Where they overlap, they are the favored prey of snow leopards and leopards, with a few lambs falling prey to foxes or eagles.
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pajaran (61906) 2012-10-28 12:53
Vrlo interesantan dobar tekst o plavoj ovci ...
Dobra ostrina snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Very interesting article on the good blue sheep ...
Good image sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
All the best.
williewhistler (16398) 2012-10-28 14:07
Hello Farhat, a very interesting note accompanies a nicely framed shot of the sheep that appears to be posing for it`s photo to be taken!
Best regards Les.
marabu61 (11061) 2012-10-28 15:11
Thank you for your interesting note, again I learned something on TE today.
Very fitting image to go with the note. This monochromatic approach gives the picture a timeless sense.
have a good evening
Sonata11 (33903) 2012-10-28 16:57
very beautifulportait of this animal. Wonderful executed and fabulous presentation of this cute standing fellow. Perfectly well done. Awesome !!!. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a great new week,
mohammad_H (10002) 2012-10-28 22:34
Mountain sheep in the name of "Total", known
Animal agile, and fast, which lives in the rocky mountains
Good morning and have a nice day
danos (99271) 2012-10-29 1:14
i never have heard about the blue sheep but now with your shot i have learnt a lot about it.I like the clise up view as the clarity and the sharpness of the image.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-10-29 1:45
where do you find all these animals?it´s amazing how diverse is the Fauna in India.The scene is excellently composed and framed.The blue sheep looks almost like it would posed for your picture.Not at all frightened.Well done!
Have a nice day
maria-v1981 (10932) 2012-10-29 3:18
That a very nice picture. I like the sheep that watch you. Specificity have horns and patterns apron colors.
Have a nice day,
ikeharel (72955) 2012-10-29 8:18
Blue sheep? the only blue in picture is the text down-right side... my humor only.
A very similar to the Ibexes we have here in the desert, descendents to same family tree.
Posing for you and really watching...
jemaflor (98793) 2012-10-29 9:16
Well take, good pov and contrast, light is well captured, I like this eye with a sad glance ?
adramad (46532) 2012-10-29 10:30
A great composition with this magnificent example, we offer an impeccable POV, tremendous antler is undoubtedly the principal sign of the animal family of sheep.
Its coat is well integrated into the surrounding landscape, very good sharpness and brightness.
Have a nice day.
mesutilgim (95546) 2012-10-29 11:56
This is my favorite within your lqst series !
As if he has posed for you. Those eyes !!!
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
Miguel82 (27646) 2012-10-29 13:20
An instructive shot
I know Darjeeling, a peaceful place to stay
Amazing specimen of bharal, so big horns
In the wild, it is rare they can survive to wolves, eurasian lynx, bears and snow leopard and live so old
Nice framing, fine colors and sharp photo
Have a good day
mirosu (16273) 2012-10-29 23:02
Very interesting, educative note. Thanks.
You have very well captured this animal from lower point of view. The square format works well here. Well optimized crop allowng sheep head with the nice eye to remain a great focal point. Have a nice day.
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-10-29 23:06
Interesting notes and picture about this animal. Good side p.o.v. and frame.
TopGeo (38216) 2012-10-30 2:15
Another very beautiful portrait of this animal Thank you for your interesting note I like the sheep, but perhaps more of a baked good image and idea!-) I think!
Didi (60588) 2012-10-30 4:50
Again an interesting catch, did you were in a zoo ?
Good frame quality
You should use a sharp filter.
Nicou (144332) 2012-10-30 5:39
quel captage, superbe quelles belle corne rout arrondies, elles sont immense avec son pelage brun et noir fantastique compo et image.
Bravo et amitié
jhm (154576) 2012-10-30 6:09
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
Also this extraordinarily sheep is very well taken.
Excellent composition, very well captured.
Nice done, TFS.
Hansaphotos (8225) 2012-10-30 6:15
A nice capture of this interesting animal. The sepia colour sheme makes it look like an old picture. Interesting text and a nice contribution to your series. Great work. TFS. Have a nice week.
Best regards, Erling
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-10-30 6:34
Ola Farhat ,
Boa composição desta cabra das montanhas , bons detalhes , tem uns enormes cornos :) parecem bem perigosos , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
raszid62 (18515) 2012-10-30 10:27
Great animal, another photo of your series of Himalayan fauna. The mouflon is really impressive. Great photography in sepia.Yours
गुड आफ़्टरनून. महान पालतू जानवर, अपने हिमालय पशुवर्ग से तस्वीरों की एक और श्रृंखला. जंगली पहाडी भेड वास्तव में प्रभावशाली है. एक प्रकार की मछली में महान फोटोग्राफी. तुम्हारा.
ourania (47150) 2012-10-30 12:55
this is a wonderfully framed picture. There's exquisite balance that invites us to observe comfortably the beautiful animal which seems to be posing professionaly and returning our curious glance. I like very much the soft light that enhances the homogeneity of the chromatic tones and makes very intriguing the way the sheep's shape is outlined against the stony backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Robert1969 (7160) 2012-10-31 1:07
I'm also never have heard about the blue sheep,
so thanks for you picture and text.
Composition and light management are good,
the Sepia gives a effect of the picture is
taken in the thirties.
abmdsudi (55176) 2012-10-31 6:22
The light is fine and his has a natural feel in captivity. You have captured the moment in great precision and close enough with some fine detail in it's horns and lovely to see that he seems to be eyeing you up very curiously Great colors as he stands out superbly there in the setting. Fine shot.
maloutim (9639) 2012-10-31 11:52
It is a very good idea of presenting us this series of Himalayan animals.
This is funny to turn the blue into sepia :-)
A nice close-up shot that nearly shows its feelings in its eyes.
I bet it would like to be in the mountain with its friends.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.
tedesse (25135) 2012-10-31 12:40
Fantastic portrait of mouflon.
Well that showed it in sepia.
Tigerlily (3379) 2012-10-31 14:00
Nice colour, I thought it was the processing.. but it's not. How interesting, it nearly the earth colour.. excellent capture, lovely eye..:-D
zoomer (6) 2012-10-31 16:20
Hi,it stands there like a model waitng to be photographed.A well composed,interesting image.All the best,Wolf.
Cricri (120579) 2012-11-01 5:22
Des couleurs qui fait penser a une ancienne photo, excellent portrait de cette chèvre au fameuse cornes
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-11-01 16:13
Nice shot of this strangely named sheep - I'm looking hard, but I don't see a speck of blue... in fact, the color seems to match well with the tan of the rocks, giving the shot an almost sepia tone.
kordinator (20523) 2012-11-03 1:44
A very interesting note accompanies a nicely framed shot.
I never have heard about the blue sheep.
Excellent photo job.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-11-03 13:17
Very nice capture of this Himalayan blue sheep. Looks like he begging you for something. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-11-04 10:42
Wonderful full view of this sheep. Nice clarity and contrast.
josepmarin (58359) 2012-11-04 13:20
your series allows us to see all the details of the animals that you present in every photo.
In this case, the blue sheep of the Himalayas, caught by means of the use of a long focal lens, seems to pose for the photographer in a good capture. The treatment of the color offers us an almost monochromatic image, with a sepia hue, which creates an interesting sensation of ancient photo.
clic (17269) 2012-11-05 5:22
The "king of the mountains" wearing its camouflage suit that matches the environment appears quite majestic and peaceful!
cornejo (43563) 2012-11-06 10:40
Farhat Hello, very nice picture of this beautiful animal. Very well made and beautiful image, very well done technically. With sharpness, good light, beautiful color. Excellent work my friend, my congratulations. Tfs.
Good day and happy week.
Best regards and best wishes.
gildasjan (43652) 2012-11-07 2:01
L'animal et son environnement se confondent par les teintes.La vignette nous donne l'impression de voir une image sépia.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2012-12-18 22:33
Hello Farhat, nice tribute to the beautiful blue sheep!Very interesting and iformative note, great posing of the sheep. A very natural picture!
aliabazari (16170) 2013-01-07 10:19
प्रिय नमस्ते फरहत
आकर्षक और सुंदर दृश्य. अच्छी तरह से किया रचना.
सम्मान के साथ
pierrefonds (67583) 2013-01-16 4:34
The tight frame is putting the animal in evidence. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Blue Sheep. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: Farhat Abbas (fabbs99) (17167)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-21
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300mm VR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Animals from India, Barbers of the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-28 12:32