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Sambar on Alert, Runs for Life

Sambar on Alert, Runs for Life
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S N
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-02-13 5:25
Viewed: 3201
Points: 8
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The stand still of jungle early morning changed to maximum kinetics when tiger was sighted by this sambar deer. Its "honk" was so loud that almost in the area all around lake all were seen taking refuge in an open high visibility zones of the of dense forest. This sambar deer also moved to safe location and while going down the slope, I shot it from a distance of almost 50 feet.


In any group of sambar there will be a lead hind, which tests the area for possible danger before the deer emerge from deep cover. She will always approach from downwind of her objective, even if this means a circling manoeuvre while still in cover. If she is satisfied, her body adopts a more relaxed stance and the other deer will slowly emerge, usually in single file and with any large stag towards the rear of the group. A raised head and tail indicates potential danger and the hind, when unsure of the source of her anxiety, will often stamp a front hoof repeatedly or deliver a loud challenging bark. A sharp alarm bark or 'honk' is guaranteed to send the other deer into the bush. If there is no wind the deer will probably return in an attempt to identify the problem. If there is some breeze the deer will quickly circle downwind to identify the interloper by scent.

Sambar have remarkable powers of sight, scent and hearing. Perhaps sight is the least of these as they may have some difficulty in identifying a stationary object but the slightest movement will be spotted immediately. Normal bush sounds are ignored but any unusual sound makes the big, bat-like ears 'zero in' like radar antenna. Scent is the final arbiter of whether to stay or just melt back into the undergrowth, and the deer will often lift their noses skyward to test for any foreign trace in the air.


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hello Subhash

Great action photo of this Sambar prise sur le vif ,
with very fine POV, DOF and framing, you where placed
at the best place to shoot the photo, fine focus sharpness
and details, the foot's blur shows the motion of the photo,



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-02-13 5:55]

Hi Subhash
Wonderful capture this lovely sambar deer.
Details and colors are perfect!
Congratulation for this beautiful shot!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-14 0:16]

Hi Subhash,
Beautiful capture of this Sambar.Sharpness,POV colors and
composition are perfect.have a nice sunday!
Thanks for posting..

Dearest friend,
I know, nature/life is cruel, and one has to die In order another one can eat and survive.

Nevertheless my heart ached, when I had to watch antelopes fleeing from a leopard... The frency of of their voices, the balled up energy in their bodies did not rescue them...

Thanks for sharing a moment in your life

Warm greetings from the Tzaneen Dam, Limpopo

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