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The Asian Elephant Series 6

The Asian Elephant Series 6
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-13 5:31
Viewed: 2639
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The elephant, largest of the land mammals, has been an integral part of the history, mythology, tradition, culture and religion of India. There are three surviving species of elephants in the world, one in Asia and two in Africa. The Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) is distributed in the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Unlike the African species, Asian elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years and have been used in medieval warfare, for temples, and as a
working animal.

The Asian elephant was once found throughout south and southeast Asia but now it has been reduced to several scattered populations because of human activities like conversion of forest areas to farming, construction of dams and civil works like roads and canals. Apart from habitat constriction, these wide-ranging animals also face obstruction of their traditional migration routes. Poaching of elephants for ivory is another serious problem that elephants face.

Elephants are notable for their remarkable intelligence and a sharp memory. This is because elephants have the largest brains in the animal kingdom. Males have tusks and such elephants are commonly called “tuskers”. There are also some tuskless males, called “makhnas”. The trunk of an elephant is a most distinct and versatile organ and can be used for feeding and drinking, breathing, trumpeting, herding the young ones and sometimes even for fighting.

Asian elephants live in a variety of habitats. They prefer a combination of grassland, shrubbery, and forest.

Elephants are strictly vegetarian and prefer grasses, leaves, stems of trees, vines, bamboos and shrubs. Sometimes they also enter fields in the villages located near forests and raid crops.

Owing to its large size, and high forage requirements elephants are constantly on the move, searching for food. They undertake long-distance migrations and follow the same seasonal migratory routes generation after generation. However, in recent times the migratory routes have been encroached upon by human activities which has seriously affected their movement.

Elephants are social and live in groups consisting of females and their young and are led by the eldest and most experienced female. Living in herds is useful for collective defence, better care and teaching of young ones and increased mating opportunities. Adult males usually travel alone and associate with female herds for mating.

Corbett Tiger Reserve has about 700 Asian elephants. They are part of the migratory population that also lives in Rajaji National Park. Earlier, there were much fewer elephants in Corbett but their population in the park has increased significantly in recent decades. Although, present throughout the Park, elephants are most easily sighted in Dhikala chaur, Phulai chaur, and near the Saddle Dam.

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Hi Bro,
Another excelent shot of these lovely elephants. I liked this so much friend. TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-13 8:14]

Hi Goldy,
Another wonderful shot of these Elephant herd. I like the way they are fast approacing the water, sure they did have a great time there. Fine rocky terrain provides a good setting but I find the FG OOF leaves a bit distracting. Very impressive sharpness and perfect lighting. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Goldy!

Very nice elephants shot again, maybe the previous I liked a bit more for this leaf in front of the elephant but it makes a feeling as you were sneaking after them in the bushes to make some shots, makes some adventure feeling. BTW the composition is very fine with the river behind. TFS

Best regards,

Hi Goldy,
Nice seeing the whole family in this natural setting. Seem that you were hiding in a bush to take this picture. This is a lovely pov. TFS,

Hello Goldy,
This is a fine image of the elephant family with excellent exposure and focus here!
good sharpness, colour and details in the shot
well done again

Bellissima immagine, composizione molto efficace di tipo "reportage" che evidenzia la marcia di spostamento, buoni i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Goldy, Nice grab of these elephants. I like how they are seen with some leaves infront. Gives a good sense of you behind the bush trying to hide. Nicely composed with the rocks and river giving a pleasing contrast.
Tfs and have a great weekend! Richard

Salut Goldy
Quelle superbe photo de cette belle famille d'éléphans! La composition le détail sont excellent.
Merci et bravo...JP

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-14 10:56]

Hello Goldy, superb shot of these huge creatures, it's beautiful and interesting. I like the rounded rocks in the background, it looks like elephant's back and gives your picture some texture, real nice. The leaves could have made a nice effect but they seem in the way in this case, the elephants taking all the attention. Great picture once more and thank you!


Hey Golds,
So you were hiding in the bushes huh!! :)
Great shot. A lot of legs and trunks and tail.


Yet another beautiful elephant family!
Simply awesome, Sir!

this pic is simply excelent

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 322] (2607)
  • [2008-03-15 23:22]

hi Goldy,
another beautiful picture of these beautiful big animals, I like so much the elephants and in your images they are so elegant in their big body, bravo
best regards

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