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Great One-Horned Rhinoceros

Great One-Horned Rhinoceros
Photo Information
Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED, UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-10 14:43
Viewed: 4613
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Indian Rhinoceros or the Great One-horned Rhinoceros (Rhinoceros unicornis) is a large mammal found in Nepal and in Assam, India. It is confined to the tall grasslands and forests in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Indian Rhinoceros can run as fast as 55 km/h for short periods of time and is also an excellent swimmer. It has an excellent sense of hearing and smell but relatively poor eyesight.

Behavior and Ecology

These rhinos live in tall grasslands and riverine forests, but due to habitat loss they have been forced into more cultivated land. They are mostly solitary creatures, with the exception of mothers and calves and breeding pairs, although they sometimes congregate at bathing areas. They have home ranges, the home ranges of males being usually 2-8 square kilometers in size, and overlapping each other. Dominant males tolerate males passing through their territory except when they are in mating season, when dangerous fights break out. They are active during the day and spend the middle of the day wallowing in lakes, rivers, ponds, and puddles to cool down. They are extremely good swimmers. Over 10 distinct vocalizations have been recorded.

The Indian Rhinoceros is a grazer. Their diet includes grasses, leaves, aquatic plants and fruits. Feeding occurs during the morning and evening where they use their prehensile lip to grasp grass stems. Indian rhinos use lower incesor teeth as a slashing weapon. It should be noted that Indian rhinos does not use their horn as a weapon. Indian rhinos have few natural enemies, except for tigers. Tigers sometimes kill unguarded calves, but adult rhinos are less vulnerable due to their huge size and dangerous weapons. However, there is a recorded instance of a tiger killing a full-grown female Indian rhino.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-05-10 15:31]

Hi Vishal

Lovely shot - the water hyacinth make a great BG for the pair of rhino. Good sharpness and colours.


great pic, TFS Ori

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-10 15:42]

Hi Vishal. Thanks for sharing this great shot. good colours and sharpness. well done Nick..

Hi Vishal,

-And I didn't even knew you had Rhinos in India...
Nicely potraited, with good focus on the Rhinos. The contrast between the green and the Rhino colour works fine.
Thanks for the note,

Excellent shot, love the greens behind them, gives good contrast to the main subject. Detail and exposure are on the money.


Hello Vishal,
A rare shot to get and a very nice one at that. This image shows the indian rhino at its best, is that concidered wallowing? :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-11 2:48]

This is a funny shot, Vishal.
I love the way they are standing in this green "field" of water hyacinths, half wet and half dry.
Great moment caught.
TFs. : )

Hello Vishal,
Great shot. Good contrast and colours.
TFS, Smitha.

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2007-05-11 7:53]

Hi Vishal,
great animal in a wonderful place. beautiful colors and good sharpness.
TFS, Dan

Nice scene, nicely photographed.

The two grey tones on the rhino is a big plus.

A must-see.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-12 6:25]

A very nice composition , Vishal.
The surroundings of the subject created by the water hyacinth (a dangerous one for the water) adds to the beauty of the shot.
TFS & Cheers

Hello Vishal,
What an awesome photo, a Rhino in a bed of green..I love it! Beautiful color with all the greenery and the Rhino in there is so cool! TFS

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