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Sambar Deer at Ranthambore

Sambar Deer at Ranthambore
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D-200, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-21 8:42
Viewed: 6164
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I shot this sambar deer photograph at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. He came in front of our SUV when we were looking for tiger all around. He was a bold & handsome stag.......rest all you to appreciate.


The Sambar Deer ( Cervus unicolour) is the most widely spread deer species in the world, covering many countries in the Asian continent. It is also one of the larger members of the deer family & largest deer of India. Some males are known to weigh up to 300 kgs and can grow to a height ranging from 135 - 150 cms at the shoulders.

Their population is large and spread to almost every corner of India. They do not appear on the endangered list. The specimens found in central India appear to be larger than those found in other regions. The male members of this species have antlers that can grow to a length of 90 - 95cms, with a record finding of one that measured 127cms!

These animals have a life expectancy ranging between 16 - 20 years. They are the favourite prey species of the tiger. A large sambar can feed a feed tiger for up to 4 days.

Unlike the Spotted deer, which shouts an alarm and darts away at the sight of a predator, the sambar tends to alertly watch and keep giving alarm calls until the danger has passed. A reason due to which many of them fall prey for predators. Its alarm call is taken very seriously, unlike that of the spotted or barking deer, by anyone interested in knowing the whereabouts of a predator. A repeated call "honking" is accepted as a definite indicator.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-21 9:02]

Hi Subhash

Nice view of this Sambhar - nice pose and light.

I remember a couple of stags running in front of our car near Periyar Park in S India - they are massive animals!


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-21 9:06]

Interesting capture this lovely Sambar Deer!
Great details and colors.
I never see one like that!

Hi Subhash,
Nice soft image and well composed.The deer seems to be sniffing the air and the contrast against the BG is super.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2010-01-21 9:22]

hello sir,
i had been to Ranthambore, last week and just returned back yesterday.
it is a royal heaven truly,
an awesome place !
good pic of this sambar.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-21 9:39]

Hello Subhash,
Splendid framing, details and colors. Looks like a very successful portrait.
My warm congratulations.
Greetings friendly,

Hello Subhash,
Sian, tabiat thek hai....foto buhat acha hai sarkar. You are lucky to have such wonderful reserves and I am glad your countrymen are keeping everything alive and well. India is a developing countries and struggling hard to survive in today's ruthlessly competitive world along with her beautiful, beautiful wildlife which is a getting a boost from devoted and dedicated people like you. A very nice shot, sir and a very good note. Really enjoyed your effort and am grateful your shared your photo and experiences with us....take care...warmest regards/Abid

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-21 10:27]

Hello Subhash,
Although this isn't a totally sharp photo, it's good enough to present it to us. Beautiful natural colours in a nice contrast against the OOF BG. Attractive pose and composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-21 11:35]

Hi Subhash . You have taken a fine close up of this Sambar Deer . You have taken it with fine detail in the fur . All with natural looking colours. Well taken TFs.

hello Subhash

excellent close-up photo of the Sambar Deer,
fine POV and framing, fine focus sharpness and details,
i love the way the background it is blurred with showing details,



A lovely and great shot of this cute Sambar deer Subhash.
TFS and regards,

Hello Subhash
very beautiful shot of this Sambar Deer, i love the POV and the pose, lovely details and composition
Very well done

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-21 23:57]

Hi Subhash,
Lovely capture.I liked details,lighting,exposure and 3D effect a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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