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Ovis aries ophion 2

Ovis aries ophion 2
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-25
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-29 5:19
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Ovis aries ophion, Blyth 1841. Agrino (Greek Αγρινό). Cyprus Mouflon Cyprian Mouflon, Cypriot Mouflon,

O. orientalis ophion
Ovis gmelini ophion

Two males. Photo taken from a distance of 80m.

The mouflon (Ovis aries orientalis group) is a subspecies group of the wild sheep Ovis aries. The mouflon is thought to be one of the two ancestors for the modern domestic sheep.

Today mouflon inhabit the Caucasus, northern Iraq, and northwestern Iran. Originally the range stretched further to Anatolia, the Crimean peninsula and the Balkans, where they had already disappeared 3,000 years ago. Mouflon were introduced to the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Rhodes and Cyprus during the neolithic period, perhaps as feral domesticated animals, where they have naturalized in the mountainous interiors of these islands over the past few thousand years, giving rise to the subspecies known as O. aries musimon (European Mouflon) and Ovis aries ophion (Cyprus Mouflon).

Ovis aries ophion is an endemic subspecies of Cyprus. It is the biggest animal of the Cyprus fauna. It is a strong, well-made and beautiful animal with a red-brown short-haired coat and a dark back-stripe. The males are horned. The horn is curved in almost one full revolution (up to 85 cm). The breeding male has darker coloration and light colored saddle patches.

Ovis aries ophion is a flexible animal and moves very quickly even in the steepest areas of Paphos Forest where it lives. It is a shy animal and is very difficult for people to approach it.

Based on the available information, it appears that in the past Ovis aries ophion was abundant, at least in all the hilly or mountainous areas of the island. In excavated mosaics it appears that mouflon were well-known during the Roman times, and were also mentioned in the medieval texts of various visitors as “ram” or “wild sheep”. In many cases it is mentioned in the descriptions of hunting trips organized by the aristocracy of the time.

Cyprus Mouflon was nearly extirpated during the 20th century. Today it is a strictly protected species. Its population is estimated to 2000 individuals.

The Cyprus Mouflon is featured on the symbol of Cyprus Airways, as well as on the 1, 2, and 5 cent Cypriot euro coins.

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Hello Christodoulos,
fine capture of these Mouflons with a nice posing and very good eye contact. I also like the good sharpness and the beautifully natural colours.
Best wishes,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-10-29 5:38]

Hello Christodoulos,
The pose couldn't have been any better. Both very healthy looking animals can be seen in fine detail and beautiful natural coloration.
We have no such animals here in Ohio, but they do out in the western states. We only have the White-tailed Deer to brag about, which is a beautiful animal and very common. Well done!!

Hello Christodoulos,
Beautiful specimens of mouflon. Excellent pose for photos. Super natural colors.

Stout looking males staring back at you in unison, Chris.
Nice light conditions that highlight the features of these animals very well.
Thanks and regards.

nice males, TFS Ori

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-10-29 6:20]

Hello Christodoulos,
splendid capture of these mouflons in beautiful pose!
Excellent sharpness, light and composition; very beautiful shades of colour.
Thanks for sharing

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-10-29 6:43]

Hello Christodoulos,
Excellent photo in beautiful colours. Nice to see how these Mouflons are camouflaged. Great poses, composition and sharpness.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-10-29 6:45]

Hello Christodoulos,
A fine capture of two Cyprian ssp of Mouflon rams.
The POV, pose and composition are excellent with the sharpness and natural colours adding to the quality of the image.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Christodoulos, lovely couple in nice symmetryc pose, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Gee...this looks like one of my images ..it is so good ..Opsss ;) Joking of course.Good day friend Christodoulos, so nice to comment on a perfectly executed images like this one, and image which can hardly be improved in anyway. Good point of view, good natural colors, fantastic composition and depth of field. It is so moving to see wild animals like these Cyprus Mouflons in their natural environment. Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-10-29 7:13]

Bonjour Christodoulos, outstanding clarity, focus and sharpness for these two mouflons. Good timing too. Very well done. Regards, Didier.

This is a beautiful scientific paper, as well as a beautiful picture! Thank you for sharing with us, the image of this rare wild sheep! The subspecies living in Sardinia, is very similar, but their horns are shaped differently

Hello Christodoulos,
This is an excellent capture at that distance of these animals in their natural environment. Clear sharp detail, even of the eyes. Beautiful colours and BG. Well done.

Hi Chris,

Very well captured these mouflons from such a long distance.
Good pose & best clarity. Well done & TFS.

Christodoulos, this is such an excellent shot of these rams. It has great sharpness and detail. Thanks for your comments. Have a great day, Bill

hello Christodoulos
very good picture with great details and beautiful naturel colours
great composition
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-10-29 11:46]

Hi Christodoulos,
Very good moment captured.Perfect the eye's contact.
Nice natural colours.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent shot of these Cyprus Mouflon ,
Perfect compo and lighting,
Great POV, Welldone.

Best compliments Christodoulos for the managment of so difficult light and the perfect DOF. Very good DOF and colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-10-29 15:23]

Fantastic pic from this impressive distance!!! What a capture,2 unusual guests of the gallery of TN and another suprise from Cyprus,a lot of interesting specie lives in your island,i never tought that.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos,
Splendid composition with nice details. Very good sharpness, focus and clarity.
I love this excellent image with this gorgeous Cyprus Mouflon.
Lovely natural colors and good light.

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-10-29 22:54]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Belle attitude de ces deux animaux avec ce regard dans le même sens.
Belles couleurs dans une bonne lumière

Hi Christodoulos,
very interesting animals. Great photo. Perfect point of view and sharpness. Of course many details. Very nice presentation.
Amazing natural colours.
Have a nice Sunday,

Very nice to see males together in such a pose.
Excellent detail and colours. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-10-30 10:34]

Hello Christodoulos.
A beautiful capture of this two Ophions. Lovely details and a superb composition but looks very nice.
Best regards Siggi

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-10-30 11:53]

Hi Chris!
Eh!..very nice image of mouflon. Fantastic. The animals have the same pose, perfectly, like a couple of dancers. Have you payed their to pose for photo? :))
The composition is excellent, with the animals captured in their natural environment and placed perfectly in the image.
Beautiful natural colours.
Congratulations and thanks.
Have a nice week.
ciao! Vanda

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-10-30 14:13]

A wonderful composition,great sharpness and very nice colours...

Hi Christodoulos,
Nice capture for this mouflon.
Dinamic pose is perfect, the sharpness is excellent and the composition is good.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-10-31 13:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a perfect view of these two Mouflons both startled and staring at you. Excellent DOF, sharp details and wonderful colours. I like it very much!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Excelente composición con una gama de colores realmente desbordante.
Siempre un plus especial en tus trabajos.
Saludos Chris: J. Ignasi.

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb capture of these two Cyprian Mouflons, incredible details from a distance of 180 m, splendid lighting and colours
Best regards

Good capture of mouflons, well done
Regards, Ferran

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très belle publication, bien composée, valorisant bien les sujets dans leur environnement sous une lumière bien maîtrisée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

hello Christodoulos

Beautiful photo of the Cyprian Mouflons,
with fine POV, beautiful light and
eye-contacts of the animals, TFS


Lovely photo with nice posing and filling of the frame with two almost identical moufflons!

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