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Transcapian urial

Transcapian urial
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Copyright: Seyed Babak Musavi (babak) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 53 W: 0 N: 234] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30 D, SIGMA 500mm f/4,5 APO DG EX
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-07 17:39
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I have taken this shot from Transcaspian urial in early morning in Tandureh national park in Winter 2006, I hope like it.One of very very hard subject for photography in wildlife of Iran is Transcaspian urial wild sheeps . after one months try in Tandure national park in NE of Iran . I have succed that taken this shot . I think this shot is first shot in wild of this species in Internet . I wish thst enjoy of it . but about this species.

Transcaspian Urial

Scientific Name Ovis vignei arkal
Classification Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Artiodactyla, Family Bovidae, Subfamily Caprinae
Little is known about actual population numbers of wild Transcaspian urials. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the Transcaspian urial as Vulnerable to Extinction but about population of this species in iran . I can say just 1500-2000 TUS living in Tandureh national park in Ne of Iran also 1500-2300 living in Heyadary protected area near to neyshabour town also 800-1500 living in Salouk and sarigul national park in Khorasan shomali province in iran .also , there are a population of this species also in Golestan national park in N of iran .
Range :
Iran, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Habitat mountainous regions
Diet : Grasses and other plants
Size Height: 34 - 39 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 79-180 pounds. Females are smaller than males

Reproduction: Gestation Period: 150-180 days. Young per Birth: Single or ol twin lambs being born in mid-April to early May inTandureh . Rut: Rams show no sign of sexual interest or rut until their third autumn when they are two and a half years of age. Sexual Maturity: At 4-5 years. Life Span: 10-11 years.

Special Features

Most species of wild sheep are highly gregarious and therefore live in groups. Females and their offspring usually remain in groups separate from the male groups, except during mating season.
Like most wild sheep, urials have scent glands that are important in communication. These scents are undetectable to the human sense of smell. Feeding activity is confined to the early morning and evening in the summer months, often commencing well before dawn. During the day they rest, usually under an overhanging bush or rock where they are well concealed. Their sight, hearing ans sense of smell are all acutely developed. They are excessively wary, depending upon early detection of approaching danger and flight for their survival.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-07 18:00]

Great shot. I really like the composition and eye contact. The details are excellent with excellent exposure on the sheep and a nice background. Congratulations! Your persistence paid off. TFS.

  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-06-07 18:01]
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Wonderful image with beautiful detail and great colors!
Only problem is that it is somewhat dark and looses a little detail.
I posted the image to the workshop - with some enhancement in the details. I hope you like!

BR Klaus

Excellent picture, excellent colours and excellent composition, very well done!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-07 18:51]

Hi Seyed

An oustanding shoy with great detail and wonderful colours.


  • Proframe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
  • [2007-06-07 19:34]

Very nice capture Seyed.
Composition is excellent with lots of space on the right side for the wild sheep to look to.
The orange and yellow color tones in the BG, against wich the sheep does stand out lovely, are wonderful.
Like Klaus (kipweb) already did mention, the image is a bit to dark imho.
Nevertheless, well done.
Best regards, Harry

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-06-07 20:35]

nice colors but i'd increase contrast and try and lighten the animal just a bit. i'd sharpen too. very interesting eyes

Wow!! great shot. perfect DOF. cool sheep.

  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-07 22:24]

Hello Seyed, wonderful shot of this very beautil and exotic animal..great POV and composition, thanks for sharing

Excellent shot!! like the BG, compliments the image very well. Lovely focus on the animal. Maybe better to leave more space on the right rather than the left since the animal seems to be looking to the left?


very dramatic and beautiful, TFS Ori

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-08 1:26]

Hello Babak,
Wooooooooooooow ! Great capture of this magnificent animal !
The "+++++" : superb composition, magnificent subject, pose, POV, warm colors, sharpness, DOF, amazing blurred background, exposure, useful complementary note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this beauty.

Hello Seyed,
Interesting animal, interesting setting!
Impressive details are captured in this well composed image!
Pablo -

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-08 4:07]

hello Seyed,
Great shot you have taken in the wild of this magnificent creature. The light from behind gives to the picture a graet visual impact. The sharpness of the animal is excellent, its expression so "cute".
Thank's for this great picture

Hi Seyed,
A nit could be the tight cropping at the bottom....
Your image is so wonderful though that we forget immediately the aforementioned.
Wonderful animal and...pic!

Hi Seyed,
Stunning capture. Great view. Love the BG and sharp details too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-08 14:20]

Hello Seyed,
For me the colours and composition make this photo. The contrasts are great.

Excellent picture, excellent colours and excellent composition, very well done!

Hi seyed,

Absolutely fine photography! The orangy BG in morning is superb. Nice POV & most of all the huge curved horns of that animal make the pic more attractive. TFS.


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