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Ovis aries ophion

Ovis aries ophion
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-19
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-08-30 4:11
Viewed: 4828
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ovis aries ophion, Blyth 1841 Agrino (Greek Αγρινό). Cyprus Mouflon Cyprian Mouflon, Cypriot Mouflon,

Ovis orientalis ophion
Ovis gmelini ophion

Two females and two young males

The mouflon (Ovis aries orientalis group) is a subspecies group of the wild sheep Ovis aries. The mouflon is thought to be one of the two ancestors for the modern domestic sheep.

Today mouflon inhabit the Caucasus, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran. Originally the range stretched further to Anatolia, the Crimean peninsula and the Balkans, where they had already disappeared 3,000 years ago. Mouflon were introduced to the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Rhodes and Cyprus during the neolithic period, perhaps as feral domesticated animals, where they have naturalized in the mountainous interiors of these islands over the past few thousand years, giving rise to the subspecies known as O. aries musimon (European Mouflon) and Ovis aries ophion (Cyprus Mouflon).

Ovis aries ophion is an endemic subspecies of Cyprus. It is the biggest animal of the Cyprus fauna. It is a strong, well-made and beautiful animal with a red-brown short-haired coat and a dark back-stripe. The males are horned. The horn is curved in almost one full revolution (up to 85 cm). The breeding male has darker coloration and light colored saddle patches.

Ovis aries ophion is a flexible animal and moves very quickly even in the steepest areas of Paphos Forest where it lives. It is a shy animal and is very difficult for people to approach it.

Based on the available information, it appears that in the past Ovis aries ophion was abundant, at least in all the hilly or mountainous areas of the island. In excavated mosaics it appears that mouflon were well-known during the Roman times, and were also mentioned in the medieval texts of various visitors as “ram” or “wild sheep”. In many cases it is mentioned in the descriptions of hunting trips organized by the aristocracy of the time.

Cyprus Mouflon was nearly extirpated during the 20th century. Today it is a strictly protected species. Its population is estimated to 2000 individuals.

The Cyprus Mouflon is featured on the symbol of Cyprus Airways, as well as on the 1, 2, and 5 cent Cypriot euro coins.

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Hola Christodoulos

Bonita composicion,parece como si posaran y siguen el orden (hembra-macho-hembra -macho)
Buen enfoque y colores muy naturales,
Que pases un buen dia,

Hello Christodoulos
Nice and natural view today MF!... Great surrounders also for this nice four Ovis. I like as you've managed the hard light level.
Well done, interesting note also.

Ciao Christodoulos. Impressive like you've obtained excellent details and sharp wit so difficult light's conditions. Best compliments MF.


Beautiful capture Christodoulos!Bravo!
George Veltchev

Ciao Christodoulos, splendid light on lovelyof cute creatures, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Chris, Wow what an exhilarating capture of these Mouflon taken in there natural habitat, lovely natural low light to give you the wonderful warm colours you have here, splendid sharpness as per your usual, good composition and love the diagonal of these little beauties, great work here Chris and very well done,
Best Regards,


amazing sheep, TFS Ori

Hello Christodoulos,
Very nice picture of these animals, beautiful lighting, good sharpness and very good eye-contact(from all four:)), a beautiful nature shot,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice afternoon,
Best Regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-30 7:52]

Hello Christodoulos,
Spectacular photo in splendid warm camouflaged colours, excellent sharpness and a wonderful composition. Great eye contact.

Bonjour Christodoulos,
La lumière me parait un tout petit peu trop forte mais les sujets sont tout de même bien valorisés dans leur environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-30 8:32]

I never thought to see in your island a lot od species like that,the mouflon too are a great surprise for me.Magnificent pic,the light position ws decisive to create this beautiful effect,impressive sharpness and colors as usual.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

hello Christodoulos
very nice picture with good details
great sharpness and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
Another masterpiece from you. Exceptional POV, outstanding clarity, exposure and perfect focus.
Magnificent picture. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Christodoulos,
lovely picture of these Mouflons with a good eye contact of all four animals. I also like the natural colours and your well chosen POV.
Best wishes,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-08-30 9:19]

very nice capture! excellent work!

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-30 9:34]

Hello Christodoulos,
a fantastic image!
Great time taken, excellent light, fantastic composition and detail, very nice colors.
Well done!
Thanks for sharing

Hi Chistodoulos,
Very nice shot of these animals ,
Intersting subject,Perfect composition,
Excellent work.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-30 19:35]

Hello Christodoulos,
wow...wow and wow. This is really a wonderful view. how i love the positioning of the mouflon, so artistic and beautiful. The colours too are so exciting, especially the shines and the hues of the bushes. the angle is so well chosen.
Excellent presented shot.


Hi Christodoulos,
Wow what a great scene. I love the abundant environment and the great heads up eye contact by all four. I really enjoyed reading the notes about these wild sheep. They have a great history in Cyprus and intersting they are on your coin. Well done.

Hello Christodoulos,

an amzing shot taken by you.
Good pov and sharpness.
They see you while you take your shot.
beautiful browish colortones.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-08-30 22:07]

Bonjour Christodoulos,

les sujets sont bien valorisés dans leur environnement et la composition est bonne.

Hello Christodoulos , great atmosphere in this excellent image of light and rich details. Fantastic the moment captured A nice photo. All the best, Paolo

A beautiful composition, excellent light and natural colours. regards

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-31 12:56]

Hello Christodoulos.
Great shot, I like the composition and the depth of field. Nice, informative note, too. Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hello Christodoulos,
An image taken from a great POV with natural colours and good details. I also like the composition. Well done!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-31 21:35]

Hello Chris!
Really a master piece,my friend! Very impressive with this wonderful lightness and natural envoironment.Wow it is fantastic and you have captured this scenary so well!Many congrats and thanks a lot for sharing with us!
Best regards from,

Hello Christodoulos,
Beautiful arrangment, colours and exposure of this image of animals that are unusual for me and only familiar from the literature. Their alertness and apprehension are tangible. A pleasure to view and a good informative note. Best regards.

wow, wonderful capture Chris, excellent the position for all subjects,

un saluto, tino

Hábil captura y de una gran belleza.
Excelente trabajo Chris.
Abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a very beautiful picture of these mouflons, outstanding sharpness and marvellous warm colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-09-17 8:34]

Hi chris!
Another incredible composition.
Excellent capture of the animals in their natural sourrinding. Great sharpness and superb details.
Very well done.
Ciao! Vanda

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-09-24 19:50]

Hello Christodoulos,

Beautiful composition of this endangered species. You have captured their undivided & collective attention which really highlites this fine image. Very sharp, sharp focus & magical light make this shot so pleasing & perfect to the eye.



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