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Woodland Caribou

Woodland Caribou
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Kodak DX6490, 52.6mm
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-09 17:23
Viewed: 7396
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Woodland Caribou

Features: Caribou (Rangifer tarandus) or Reindeer have evolved distinctive populations and subspecies across their range, and one of these is the Woodland Caribou (R. t. caribou), so-called because it lives in boreal forest, especially mature Jack Pine forest. The Woodland Caribou is considered distinct because of morphological, ecological and behaviourial adaptations to this unusual caribou habitat. Woodland caribou are larger and darker than their relatives the Barren-ground Caribou which inhabit the tundra. Woodland Caribou generally live in smaller herds and are less migratory, but populations living at the interface between forest and barrens live in large herds which move about more. Both sexes grow antlers, which are larger in males. In winter its diet consists mainly of ground lichens, and in the snow-free months it diversifies to include herbaceous plants and leafy shrubs.

Status: Threatened Provincially and Nationally

Woodland Caribou live in the Boreal Forest zone across North America from Alaska to Newfoundland. In the forests of northern Ontario, caribou occur at low density in small, isolated herds that are dispersed widely across the forest. Woodland Caribou also occur in the open tundra along the coast of Hudson Bay, where they are much more migratory and form much larger herds. At present, it is estimated that there are about 20,000 Woodland Caribou in Ontario. Range Maps

The range of Woodland Caribou in northern Ontario has receded dramatically over the past century with the encroachment of human development, and habitat disturbance and alteration. Caribou require quite large areas of mature, coniferous forest; forest management practices that create a fragmented and diverse forest landscape have not favoured them. Changes in habitat composition that increase the suitability of habitat for moose and deer also negatively affect caribou by increasing the number of potential predators within their range.

The Woodland Caribou is listed under Ontario's Endangered Species Act, 2007, which protects the species from being killed, harmed, possessed, harassed, collected or sold. Woodland Caribou is classed as a game animal in Ontario, although the season has been closed to non-native hunting since 1929. It is hunted by First Nations people for their own use. A provincial recovery strategy for the species has been completed to guide recovery activities.

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Beautiful shot Jeanpaul. I love all the earth tone colours in this and you managed to frame it even with him on the move. Good sharp detail for the distance it is and you left a nice foreground of colours. Nice work. TFS Trevor

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-09 17:44]

Hi Jeanpaul,
beautiful this shot!
Excellent POV with some details and color top, congratulations.

salut Jean-Paul

une jolie photo du caribou, excellent POV, j'aime qu'il soit
de loin dans l'image ainsi on voit aussi son habitat,
excellent focus netteté et détails, jolie luminosité, TFS


Great action shot of this fine looking animal, JP.
The surroundings look very natural against which the animal with an impressive set of antlers makes a fabulous impression.
It is a pleasure to see your picture after a long time.
how are you doing?

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-02-09 21:17]

Hello Jeanpaul
Wonderful capture with beautiful colors and natural environment.

Hi jeanpaul,
Great work with excellent compo.
Light and colours are great too.

Kind regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2010-02-10 0:21]

Hola amigo,
buena captura y adorable habitat,
espléndido foco y detalles,
saludos Jeanpaul.

Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Ce doit ętre un grand moment, quand on rencontre un tel animal dans les bois ! Et la photo est trčs réussie. Il est toujours intéressant de voir, comme ici, l'animal dans son milieu naturel. J'aime beaucoup les couleurs de la foręt et de la végétation, et le Caribou qui a l'air si majestueux avec ses grands bois. Une vraie merveille. Félicitations !

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2010-02-10 2:39]

jeanpaul Bolduc,

Well seen and well taken. Thnaks for thje note.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-02-10 2:54]

Hi Jeanpaul,
a very special and rare captire of this caribou. What an interesting animal.
You have dobe it very well with the light and sharpness. Im amazed by the beauty of the brownish grasses in the foreground. They are lovely and harmony with the colour of the caribou.
Very beautiful effect by the trees in the background.
Excellent graphical presentation.


Hi Jeanpaul.

Perhaps you often see this animal but we don't. We never see in our country :) Thus I must say thankyou for this sharing. Well seen, well composed and well done. Bravo and TFS.


wow, nice to sse it in its habitat, TFS Ori

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-10 22:16]

Hi Jean Paul,
Very beautiful capture of this Caribu
in his natural habitat.POV,framing
exposure,composition and details are
perfect.Looks like a painting.
Thanks for posting..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-02-11 9:04]

Hi JeanPaul.
What a pictorial and lovely scene. I like it a lot. Dry trees, rich grass, amazing animal create a wonderful subject. I also impressed with crisp sharpness of all scene, great exposure of the image and reproduction of all charming details of splendid caribou. Bravo. Perfect, true wild shot.

Hi Jeanpaul,

Incredible capture of this cute bwoodland caribou while running in its natural environment!
The focus, details, DOF and POV looks excellent.
TFS and heve a nice night!


Hello Jeanpaul. a masterpiece photo of this horned beauty.
Details, colours and composition are great.
TFS. Kind regards,

Ciao Jeanpaul, great capture of superb caribou in a fantastic forest, wonderful natural colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Jeanpaul,
The rugged colors of the wilderness come out in this really nice capture. The backsetting is very complimentary to your caribou subject. The intensity of the colors are very appealing along with the texture of the trees. Well done.
Paul :)

Hello Jeanpaul,
Great shot of this majestic Caribu. Good details and great natural colours.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Except for my special antipathy against gray frames, a wonderful image with pleasant composition and excellent technicality. Breathtaking shot, really - and I'm more than sure you held your breath when you've made it. :) Great job, thanks for sharing.
Best regards, László

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