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Alpine Ibex

Alpine Ibex
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 50D, Canon 70-200mm f/ 2.8 L IS USM, (digital)
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-19 8:18
Viewed: 6368
Points: 15
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Alpine Ibex
Capra ibex (Lat)
Bouquetin des alpes (Fr)

The Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. Being an excellent climber, its habitat is the rocky region along the snowline above alpine forests of the European Alps. They tend to occupy steep, rough terrain at elevations of 6,500–15,000 feet (2,000–4,600 m). Both male and female ibexes have large, backwards-curving horns although those of the male are substantially larger and can grow to an impressive length of up to 1 metre (3 ft 3 in).
Predators: wolves, lynxes, bears, foxes and eagles.
They eat during late afternoon and evening hours, descending at this time from the high steep cliffs and into the lower alpine meadows below.
There were common in the alps till mid-XVth century. Then they became almost extinct. Last specimen were protected just in time by king Victor-Emmanuel II (Italy, 1856). There are about 30.000 nowadays.

This is a female. When I saw that one, a lady was standing at a 20 cm distance from it doing pictures with her mobile phone. The Ibex would just go on grazing. I didn't try to go that close. A couple of meters was more than enough. A blessing: after 4 weeks in the mountains, only the last 2 days were lucky enough to spot ibex.

Thanks for looking

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-19 9:22]

Bonsoir Jean-Marie,

Un portrait exceptionnel. Excellent jouer.
Heureusement, j'ai eu le plaisir de visiter et je Chamonix cette année en Janvier. J'ai été extrêmement surpris par la beauté de ces lieux. Capra ibex Malheureusement, je ne l'ai pas vu là mais en Italie Ligvinio.
Une belle soirée,

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-19 10:10]

Wonderful sharp capture, great details, lovely colors.

Hello Jean Marie!
You were really lucky to see this species in the wild from so nice distance! :) Very nice close-up (even if I wuld prefer to see entire head on the photo :>), sharp and with good clarity.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-09-20 12:00]

Bonjour jean-Maris !
C'est vrai que moi j'ai eu plus de chance, j'en ai vu dès ma première randonnée dans les montagnes ! :-) Mais cette photo est vraiment impressionnante - les détails sont excellents, les couleurs sont naturelles, et j'aime beaucoup la composition très serrée sur le visage du Bouquetin, qui met en valeur son œil si expressif. C'est vraiment merveilleux de les croiser dans les rochers. Merci pour le partage,

beautiful portrait and animal
fine details on head

Hello JM,
What a sharpness & facial details of this female Alpine Ibex! Amazing capture & well cropped to show the details of the eye; even something sitting (orange color substance) on its Rt ear is also evident. It stands out very well in an OOF background. TFS

Dear JeanMarie,
You did such good work with the Ibex concerning focus and exposure - it is therefore a pity - that you chopped off a bit of the left ear and particularly, left out the horns altogether; the horns of the Ibex are a big part of the beauty of this animal!

Also, the depth of field is a little to small, i.e. the neck is blurred.
I like the bit of grass in the mouth of the animal and the highlight in the eye.

Have a good week
Kind regards

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-01-06 19:56]

Hellow JeanMarie,
Great close up portrait with eye contact, pinsharp and good exposure.Well done.

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