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Wild Bactrian Camel

Wild Bactrian Camel
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Copyright: Stefan Kardos (stevkds) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 275 W: 11 N: 411] (1811)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-30
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D, Canon 300mm f2.8 + 1.4 extender
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-13 16:40
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Shot from ZOO Bojnice

The wild Bactrian (two-humped) camel is adapted to arid plains and hills where water sources are few and vegetation is sparse. Shrubs constitute its main source of food. Herds of these wild camels move widely, their distribution being linked to water. The animals tend to concentrate in and around mountains, because most springs are there and snow on the slopes may provide the only moisture in winter. Concentrations of up to 100 camels occur near the mountains, but most herds contain 2 - 15 members. The small average herd size in the past 100 years reflects not just the aridity of the environment but also heavy hunting pressure.

The range of the wild Bactrian camel in historic times extended from the great bend of the Yellow River at 110 deg E westward across the deserts of southern Mongolia and northwestern China to central Kazakhstan. It was already heavily hunted for its meat and hide in the 1800's, and by the 1850's it persisted only in remote areas of the Gobi and Taklimakan Deserts in Mongolia and China. By the 1920's, its populations had become fragmented, and it is currently restricted to three small, remnant populations in Mongolia and China.

Heavy persecution by hunters and competition with domestic animals for water and pasture were the principal causes of decline up to the 1960's. Hunting has continued to have a major impact up to the present. Additional threats include settling of oases by pastoralists, prospecting for and extraction of oil and gold, and hybridization with domestic camel stock.

Source: http://www.animalinfo.org

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-10-13 17:31]

Hi Stefan,

A very nice close up,the camel gots a very nice expression on his face,very sharp and detailes capture,well done and tfs


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  • Bass Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 173 W: 0 N: 233] (974)
  • [2007-10-13 18:15]

Hi Stefan,
I love that expresion you´ve captured.!!! Is a very nice portrail!
Excellent use of light, good composition, and amazing details.-
outstanding picture! really!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-13 19:05]

Hello Stefan,
Wonderful image, with razor sharp details, and great exposure.
This is a very crisp and clear capture, thanks for sharing.

wonderfull portrait this camel, nice deep sharpness, nice color

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-14 6:53]

Hi Stefan.
I amazed with shared by your portrait of this funny guy. Classic portrait framing and POV, charming colour reproduction and perfect details and sharpness of the image. Bravo and kind regards.

Hi Stev, wonderful portrait of a crazy camel with splendid expression, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

One just has to love that lens... marvelous sharpness and detail. You managed perfect exposure on your fuzzy friend.

Evelynn : )

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-10-29 6:44]

Hi Stefan, a great shot with good light and exposure. Wonderful expression on the Camels face. Great detail and sharpness and good light on the eyes. Wonderful composition.

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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-10-29 14:38]

Super detaily a uzasna hlbka ostrosti. Perfect portrait :-) s dobrou kompoziciou.TFS

Hello Stefan a wonderfully sharp detailed shot, that lens is in great hands DOF is perfect you got a wonderfull kit wisely chosen tfs rgds Necip.

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