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Elephanta Gaurding its calf

Elephanta Gaurding its calf
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon F90x, Kodack Gold 200
Exposure: f/8
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-07-24 8:28
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Proboscidea

Family: Elephantidae

Genus: Elephas

Species: E. maximus
The Asian Elephant, sometimes known as the Indian Elephant (Elephas maximus) is one of the three living species of elephant, and the only living species of the genus Elephas. It is smaller than its African relatives, and the easiest way to distinguish the two is the smaller ears of the Asian Elephant. Asian elephants tend to grow to around two to four meters (7-12 feet) in height and 3,000-5,000 kilograms (6,500-11,000 pounds) in weight.

Asian Elephants have other differences from their African relatives, including a more arched back than the African, one semi-prehensile "finger" at the tip of their trunk as opposed to two, 4 nails on each hind foot instead of three, and 19 pairs of ribs instead of 21. Also, unlike female African Elephants, female Asian Elephants lack tusks. The forehead has two hemispherical bulges unlike the flat front of the African. Some males may also lack tusks and they are termed as makhnas. The population in Sri Lanka has a greater number of makhnas.

The driver of the van, in bandipur was cautioning the ladies{ tourists) not to talk in the forest, during the ride. But do they listen? they kept on chirping.. untill we came to this herd of elephants. we, the photographers know the behaviour. we were calm and busy shooting pictures. Many moods of elephants gaurding its young. I love this beacause two adult hold trunks, in order to not allow anybody closer?! The ladies shouted nad made heel of a noise, untill one of the adult charged at us. It came running behind our vehicle, for almost a Km. The ladies were almost fainted in the vehicle for one hour till we reached sanctuary gate.
Nikon 80-200mm lens.Hand held

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Wonderful picture depicting the behaviour of elephants, as always your notes are worth reading.
I like the colors and the exposure!
Goutham R

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-07-24 10:11]

Hi Satish,
Nice to see how the elephants are united to protect the baby. They look very caring.
Well done and TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-24 13:04]

Hi Satish,
A wonderful scene. So heart-warming. : )
Great composition, great POV.
Sharp details and good light.
I like the eye contact of the elephant on the left.
TFS. : )

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  • Oz1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 75 W: 2 N: 174] (1012)
  • [2006-07-24 13:18]

Hi Satish,
A beautifull shot and a great story!!
I enjoyed it very much!
thanks for sharing and telling!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-24 14:10]

Hello Satish , A Very good family photo ,lovely to see this , good details colours pov and bg , tfs Greetings Teunie .

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-24 16:39]

Hi Satish,
Interesting shot, I've seen this behaviour on documentaries on TV but I've never seen it myself. As you say in your note, they hold their trunks across almost like a barrier. It's a lovely shot showing us their behaviour in their natural environment. It must have been a pleasure to see in the wild (only spoiled by the noisy ladies :-)) Great note too, excellent post.

Hello Satish,
Excellent capture of these elephants. I love the attitude of the animals and the natural surrounding in your photo. Nice colors and composition, and great details. TFS!

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