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Barking Deer

Barking Deer
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Copyright: satirtha ghosh (bluesky1975) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 235] (1572)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 550D, Tamron 150-600mm
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-06-11 2:50
Viewed: 1429
Points: 12
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My today's post is something very different from what I generally post on TN. Pangot is known as a birding destination & not for any other wildlife; hence was fairly surprised & delighted to click this barking deer.

On the first day during my trek, I could not find any other animals apart from Birds. The next day, I set out on the jungle path a bit late so as that I can be near the waterhole even late in the evening to get a chance to view other mammals that came to the waterhole to quench their thirst.

This one came pretty late suddenly emerging from the jungle path and occasionally lifting its head to judge any imminent danger from other wild animals & humans. Though, it was late evening, the light was pretty good to capture the image of this barking deer.

The Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), also called red muntjac and barking deer, is a common muntjac deer species in South and Southeast Asia. This species is omnivorous, feeding on grass, fruits, shoots, seeds, birds' eggs as well as small animals. It sometimes displays even scavenging behavior, feeding on carrion. It gives calls similar to barking, usually upon sensing a predator. The Indian muntjac has a short but very soft, thick, dense coat, especially those living in cooler regions. Coloration of the coat changes from dark brown to yellowish and grayish brown depending on the season. The muntjacs' coat is golden tan on the dorsal side and white on the ventral side of the body, the limbs are dark brown to reddish brown, and the face is dark brown. However, the ears have very little hair which barely covers them. Male muntjacs have antlers that are very short, about 1–2 inches, usually consisting of only two or three points at the most and protrude from long body hair covered pedicels on the forehead. Females have tufts of fur and small bony knobs where the antlers are located in males. The Indian muntjac is found in tropical and subtropical deciduous forests, grasslands, savannas, and scrub forests, as well as in the hilly country on the slopes of the Himalayas. They are found at altitudes ranging from sea level up to 3,000 m (9,800 ft). They never wander far from water. Also, males usually have their own territory, which may overlap the territories of a few females but not of another male.

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Ciao Satirtha, great capture of cute creature wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-06-11 7:07]

Hi Sathirta,this is a great surprise,a rare species maybe the first time appears on TN. A lucky meeting and a top class pic despite the difficult location,very well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

An adorable image of a Barking Deer you got from your Pangot trip, Satirtha.
Mercifully, it is a wilderness shot and not from a zoo.
The mellow evening light has done wonders to this shot.
If you don't mind, your camera brand name is 'CANON' and not Cannon.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.

Hello Satirtha,
Well captured this Barkubg Deer in its natural habitat. Darun exposure and colour. Prefer POV too.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-06-13 19:22]

Hello Satirtha,
A great shot of a deer that I have only read about or seen photos of. It has such a rich chocolate colored coat, unlike the White-tailed species that I'm used to seeing here in Ohio. Wonderful detail and nice eye contact, truly a beautiful specimen. Well done!!

Hello Satirtha

WOW ! Lovely photography of this deer, with fine POV obtaining
its eye-contact, beautiful perspective and shadow and light, TFS


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