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Copyright: Stephane Ballestraz (Steffleu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 26 W: 3 N: 53] (540)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Konica-Minolta Dynax 7D, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital RAW 400
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-03 17:13
Viewed: 5397
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

Class: Animals with Milk Glands (Mammalia)
Subclass: True Mammals (Eutheria)
Order: Even-toed Mammals (Artiodactyla)
Family: Bovidae.

The Name "Chamois": "Chamois" is an Old French word for the animal.

Location: Mountains of Europe and Asia Minor.

Habitat: Terrestrial. Rocky areas, alpine pastures.

Description: The summer coat is short and smooth while the winter coat is long and dense, with soft underfur. A distinctive feature of this species is the slender hook-shaped horns, which can reach a length of 11 inches, and are present in both sexes. The ability of this animal to move about with ease among rocks in relatively inaccessible terrain is due mainly to the structure of the hooves, which have an elastic base and a hard thin edge. This goat grows to a little over three feet long, slightly less than three feet at the shoulder, and it can weigh up to 130 pounds.

Behavior: The females and young males live in usually small flocks of from 5 up to 15, while the adult males lead a solitary existence, and engage in combat only to acquire a harem during the mating period. In this period the males probably become territorial, marking tree trunks and branches with the smelly secretion of the gland at the base of the horns. The duels between males are often violent clashes with resounding blows of the horns.

Reproduction: After a gestation period of about six months, the female gives birth to a single kid.

Source: americazoo.com

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To gazo: Sur le vif !Steffleu 1 04-04 16:41
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Belle Photo.
Ces rencontres sont tellement rares. Personellement je prefere un commentaire ou dit comment on a pris la photo, plutôt que ce que l'on a pris.
Belle photo.
Tu es content du sigma 170-500 ?

Great capture Stephane. Very good dof and a great idea using the blurred foreground as part of the framing in a nice composition. Well seen and captured.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2005-04-03 23:26]
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Belle photo qui donne réellement l'impression d'être prise sur le vif, d'avoir capturer quelques instants l'animal. Bravo!

A great capture. I love the 'framing'. She certainly saw you, and probably didn't hang around for too many shots.
Great pov. Thanks for sharing.

This is really beautiful shot. I like it this picture. Regards.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-05 10:37]

Excellent capture Stephane. The view through the gap creates a frame within a frame and is quite good. Very nice work and a good note. Thanks for posting

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