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Ovis aries ophion 3

Ovis aries ophion 3
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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, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-11 5:17
Viewed: 2807
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ovis aries ophion Blyth, 1841. Agrino (Greek Αγρινό). Cyprus Mouflon, Cyprian Mouflon, Cypriot Mouflon,

O. orientalis ophion
Ovis gmelini ophion

Two young males and one young female

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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Hi Christodoulos,
Great capture. Congratulation.
Superbe sharpness and details. Nice colors.

Nice composition, good details and colors

Ciao Christodoulos, great trio of lovely creatures, fantastic light wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Christodoulos,
fantastic capture with great detail. taken from a great PoV, i like it. light management is superb.
best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos

Nice trio of hardy looking mountain goats all nicely spaced out and nice sunlight for this earthy composition. Beautiful sharp snap even from this distance.

Hello Christidoulos,
Nice composition with beautiful color tone,
With regards,-Joy

Hi Christodoulos,
beautiful photo of these mouflons. Excellent situation and eye contact. Great pose of these animals. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Christodoulos
this is a very nice composition to see
great details and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

I didn't know you had these on cyprus!!
nice composed shot!


nice triplet, greetings Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-09-12 4:14]

Hello Christodoulos,
These three Cyprus-Mouflons are perfectly displayed in this arid landscape. Pleasant earth-tints and a fine light over this nature-scene. Interesting to read that you have this animal on your Euro-coins.
Thanks for this interesting and well presented posting

Hello Christodoulos,

You're capturing well this Mouflon which is a subspecies group of the wild sheep by a goodcomposition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see two young males with angle and one female. They seems to have cute eyes and smart body. Since they are pastured in nature, they look fortunately.
Have a nice day.

Kind regards,

Hello Christodoulos,
A great capture with beautiful natural coloration, details & colors. Well composed & presented in a natural setting. Great work & TFS. Regards & best wishes!


Giasou Christodoule
Excellent composition, beautiful light and nice eye contact. A lovely group photo.
regards yiannis

Hallo Christodoulos
I like the sight of this trio looking you straight in the eye. I shared 3 koedoes looking at me too just the other day and it was a great feeling capturing them in this way. The Cyprus Mouflon is not an animal that is seen on the gallery every second day and therefore I enjoy and appreciate this image very much. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Christodoulos

Very beautiful photo of these Cyprus Mouflons with
their eye-contact with you, very beautiful light, TFS


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