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Chital Stag - for Rick Price

Chital Stag - for Rick Price
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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: 2008-06-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-10 9:45
Viewed: 3661
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Rick, just like the Ulla, Ivan, Ram Sir, Silvio, Loot and many other senior photographers here on TN, has been a major inspiration for many of us late comers, if I may...He's always been one very honest photographer with honest critiques and shots.
Thanks, my friend Rick... This one goes out to you!

The Spotted Deer (Axis axis)

The Spotted Deer is the most commonly found member of the deer family in India. It is found across the entire country except in the extreme northern regions. They are mostly seen in large herds of 30 - 50 females with a few stags. However it is not uncommon to see large herds of bachelors numbering upto 100 in areas such as the grasslands of Corbett N.P. They grow to a height of approximately 90 cm at the shoulders and can weigh up to 85 kgs. Their life expectancy ranges from 20 - 30 years. Despite being one of the favourite prey species of predators such as tigers and leopards and only giving birth to a single fawn at a time, their population is quite abundant.The male Spotted deer sheds its antlers (these are not horns) every year. This shot was taken as it was trying to shed its antlers by rubbing its head on the fallen branch of a tree. This sometimes exposes skin and causes a little bleeding, after the antlers fall off.

Spotted deer are extremely nervous animals and are always on the alert for a stalking predator. They are often seen under trees housing Langurs for two reasons. Firstly, due to their higher perch, the langurs forewarn them about approaching danger and secondly, the titbits dropped by the Langurs make easy pickings for a meal. The breeding season is not during one part of the year only. It can be in both the summer or winter. However, it is mostly seen during the summers, when males can be seeing throwing their heads back and letting out loud mating calls. Although it comes nowhere close to the volume of the mating call of the Swamp deer. Loud clashing of antlers can also be heard at night during this period.

These deer can be seen, unlike many of their cousins, in dense jungle as well as open grasslands. The main factor behind their location is the presence of water.

Due to its alertness and sharp alarm call at seeing a predator, trackers often use this as an indication to pinpoint the location of a predator. However, it is only if the call is repeated many times over that they are taken seriously. A hypersensitive Chital has been seen giving an alarm call due to the falling of a leaf behind it! The alarm calls of Langurs and Sambar deer are taken much more seriously.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

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Hello Goldy,
Very nice photo, beautiful natural colours and a good focus.
It is a nice composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-10 10:19]

Hi Goldy. A nice dedication to are good friend Rick. You have been able to taken a fine side view of this Spotted Deer. Which you were able to get close to. Taken with fine detail and natural colours. Well taken TFS.

Hello Goldy brother, lovely shot of this beautiful and cute chital stag with nice composition.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-10 11:08]

Hallo Goldy,
Exceptional capture. Very nicely rendered a picture.
Excellent colors.
Have a beautiful evening,

Ciao Goldy, great capture of cute creature in a beautiful forest, splendid natural colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Ciao Goldy. Spectacular capture in amazing light. Very good warm colours and depght. Well done.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-10 14:42]

Slav Goldy,
A wonderful photo with great colors,details and perfect POV.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-10 15:02]

Hello Goldy, wonderful shot with excellent composition, details and colours.
TFS and G's,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-10-10 15:36]

Hi Goldy

A worthy dedication to our friend Rick, shoeing this Chital in its natural habitat.

Best wishes


Bonitos colores, fondo y primer plano. El ángulo creo que podría mejorarse, aunque supongo en que hay ocasiones que las tomas no se pueden repetir...
Un abrazo Goldy: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Goldy,
I appreciate very much your very well dereserving dedication to Rick. An excellent high angle photography from SUV, I believe! Thanks for sharing the nostalgic moments of JCNP. High time for me to proceed during winters.

Another stunningl great capture L'il Bro!
Have a nice day!

Hi Goldy bhai,

Lovely capture of the spotted deer with superb details! The dark green BG works well for this kind of capture. The sharpness and POV are perfect.
Very well done, my friend!

best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-10-11 5:16]

Hello Goldy,
A very natural and pleasing picture of the Spotted Deer. I like the way the environment is included here. Excellent light-management and very natural colors. A great pleasure to look at this shot. Thanks also for the interesting note.
Kind regards

Hello Goldy,

A beautiful capture with lovely coloration patterns & fine details. Great POV & composition.

Well done & TFS.



hello Goldy

an excellent photo of the Spotted Deer, shot with fine POV,
for the framing i love that you leaved space at the top
to show us the forest on the background, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, beautyful warm luminosity,



Hello Goldy,
a nice picture of the beautiful Spotted Deer with magnificent antlers. Fine and natural colours,
It's a decent sharpness despite the long shutter speed 1/60,
Well done


Hello Goldy,
a wonderful picture of the Spotted Deer taken from an excellent POV in a splendid natural environment, very good sharpness and very beautiful colours, well composed.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-11 13:05]

Hello Goldy,
A fine capture of a Chital stag taken with nice sharpness and colours from a great POV in its natural environment, the long antlers showing up well in this almost full-frame image.
Nice one that I almost missed!
Thanks and have a good week,

Hi Goldy,

The deer is well framed by the vegetation. The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the spotted deer. The light of the afternoon is enhancing the colors. Well done, have a nice day.

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