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The penumbra
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Copyright: Ali ramezanian (aliramazanian) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 32] (531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-06
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-24 2:42
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Points: 16
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The urial (Ovis orientalis vignei), also known as the arkars or shapo, is a subspecies group of the wild sheep Ovis orientalis. Noticeable features are the reddish-brown long fur that fades during winter; males are characterized by a black ruff stretching from the neck to the chest and large horns. It is found in western central Asia. The other subspecies group of O. orientalis is the Mouflon (Ovis orientalis orientalis group). The two groups have often been considered separate species.Urial males have large horns, curling outwards from the top of the head turning in to end somewhere behind the head; females have shorter, compressed horns. The horns of the males may be up to 100 cm (39 in) long. The shoulder height of an adult male urial is between 80 and 90 cm (31 and 35 in).

The urial is found in western central Asia from northeastern Iran and western Kazakhstan to Pakistan's Balochistan and Ladakh regions of North India. To the east it is replaced by the bigger argali and to the southwest by the Asiatic mouflon. Its habitat consists of grassy slopes below the timberline. Urials rarely move to the rocky areas of the mountains. For example in northern Iran they produce hybrids with Asiatic mouflon under natural conditions. Urials feed mainly on grass but are able to eat leaves of trees and bushes if needed.

The conservation status of the urial is threatened as their habitat is perfectly suitable for human development; however the urial population has been recovering in recent years.

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Hi Ali
What a light!
Just perfect compo with illuminated horns

Ali, these males in particular with those stupendous horns have been well captured in the mellow morning/evening light.
I like the strong contrasts in this picture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-02-24 5:32]

Hello Ali,
Even if the picture is not perfect, it is an most interesting document showing a rarely presented animal here on TN. Fine natural picture, lovely presence of a young animal. Thanks!

amazing use of light, amazing wild sheep, TFS Ori

Hi Ali.
superb! great side light illuminating the horn.
very well composed pic.
best wishes,


Hello Ali,
Smart choice for exposure! It allows horns to be perfectly exposed and makes a photo with a strong personality.
Very interesting, Tfs.

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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2013-04-15 11:00]

Hi Ali,

Very good shot of these impressive animal, those big horns are just amazes me. We have some in many U.S. mountains and desert and I have seen a few, but the forn are not as big as these guys. I certainly don't want to mess with them :)

The shadow is slightly strong but still really good shot overall.


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