|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
Capra ibex (Lat)
Bouquetin des alpes (Fr)
The Alpine Ibex (Capra ibex) is a species of wild goat that lives in the mountains of the European Alps. Being an excellent climber, its habitat is the rocky region along the snowline above alpine forests of the European Alps. They tend to occupy steep, rough terrain at elevations of 6,500–15,000 feet (2,000–4,600 m). Both male and female ibexes have large, backwards-curving horns although those of the male are substantially larger and can grow to an impressive length of up to 1 metre (3 ft 3 in).
Predators: wolves, lynxes, bears, foxes and eagles.
They eat during late afternoon and evening hours, descending at this time from the high steep cliffs and into the lower alpine meadows below.
There were common in the alps till mid-XVth century. Then they became almost extinct. Last specimen were protected just in time by king Victor-Emmanuel II (Italy, 1856). There are about 30.000 nowadays.
Thanks for looking
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
|You must be logged in to start a discussion.|
This is a wonderful portrait of the Alpine Ibex.Pin sharp focus on the eye, perfect dept of field and pleasant composition. However I finding the colours little bit washed.But maybe not!Even like that the photo is magnificent!