<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-14
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-25 5:59
Viewed: 5545
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

I'm aware that this is not a very good picture. But I think that this birth-scene might be of some interest.
I took it at the Berlin Zoo.
This Deer of the family Cervidae originates from Asia, especially China. It was first made known to Western Science by Father Armand David, French missionary and biologist in 1865. It has an unusual strange look and seems to be a mixture of different animals.
This species became extinct and survived just by captive breeding. It is on the red list of endangered species.(Source: Wikipedia)

We arrived just at the moment when the female was loosing the amniotic fluid, which surprised the animal so much, that she made a big jump. We knew that the birth was close. It was amzing for us that being in a zoo, no assistance was there. The male was not of great help, taking his distance and remaining always in a distance of about 5-6meters. It is why I had some difficulty to get them both on the picture (not having the right lens)
Anyway it was a very emotional moment.

thor68, avallaunius, peter_stoeckl, Heaven, Jamesp, Alex99 has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
Animal Behaviouringridshaul 1 06-12 06:46
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-04-25 12:42]

Hello Anne!

Tu te rappelles la discussion sur l'importance et la qualité d'une image? Pour bien des images, seul son but est déterminant, le moment capté. Ton image est un document de grande valeur, il nous montre un moment merveilleux de la naissance d'une vie. Alors, la composition et tout ça n'a plus d'importance...



Guten Abend Anne,
dramatische, sehr berührende Szene.
Ein seltenes, sehr einfühlsam festgehaltenes Dokument.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüßen,

P.S.: Die Werbekampagne "Ich bin auch Knut" mit dem neuesten Berliner Zoo-Nachwuchs hinter Bärenmasken ist dieser Tage mit einen hohen Werbepreis ausgezeichnet worden. Und Dein frisches Dokument zeigt uns eindrucksvoll: Obwohl Publikumsliebling Knut inzwischen bald erwachsen, scheinen dem Berliner Zoo die neuen Sensationen nicht auszugehen.


Not sure what to make of this, it stirs up some real emotions within side me though. Nature works in mysterious ways as you have shown in the fact that animals do not always enjoy the "niceties" that we often take too much for granted.


  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-04-25 14:23]

Hi Anne

What amazing timing - well done for capturing this.


  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-26 4:04]

Hi Anne,this is a great scoop! Wonderfull moment to take and perfect realisation,my best compliments,one of the best scene seeing on TN,have a nice day,Luciano

  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-26 6:40]

Hi Anne,
Wow.....what a moment you were privy to. Great timing and very skillful work. I never imagined that it is such a matter-of-fact thing and they do it so casually. A rare scene and you are lucky to be present there. Superb composition. Kudos.

Bonjour Anne.
Un beau document, pour lui la vie commence.Amitiés.antonio.

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-30 10:09]

Hi Anne.
What a timing and rare scene. I also like great DOF and excellent details/sharpness of the image. You have used excellent exposure parameters and despite the bad light condition managed to get nice picture. My compliments.

Hi Anne,
Great moment. Congratulations for being able to see and capture this moment.
Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

Dear Anne,
I have a bit time and browsed through your portfolio.

I am absolutely delighted to have found this gem!!

It is a great Actionshot. I know, what you mean, when you describe this scene as an emotional moment.

I had a tame Impala on the farm, adjacent to our house and had to protect her with Jim / stop the stupid male from mounting her, sex-crazed by the fluid she had lost.. the little hooves were sticking out from her body ca 10 cm only, so your image shows an advanced stage of the birth process.

I have never seen the birth process before - did not know the hooves came first - and I was quite surprised to see the baby COMPLETLY enclosed in the sac (including the head) until the mother ate the sac...

Congratulations on a great photo.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday - here everybody is crasy about the Soccer World Cup.

Lots of Love

PS I get the impression, the male had not seen the birth process before either!?!

Calibration Check