Ibex Doe and Fawn
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|The doe carefully watches her fawn in the bushes nearby. |
It was very difficult to get a clear photograph of the little herd of ibexes as they moved through the undergrowth. As you can see, the fawn on the lower right is actually quite difficult to see, and most of the time you see a head grazing on the scrub, not the full animal, which is why, I suppose, most Ibex photos show them standing on a rock face.
The Nubian ibex (Capra nubiana) is a desert-dwelling goat species found in mountainous areas of Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, and Sudan. It is generally considered to be a subspecies of Alpine ibex, but is sometimes considered specifically distinct (Capra nubiana). The wild population is estimated at 1,200 individuals.
Nubian ibexes stand around 65–75 cm (2.1-2.6 ft) tall at the shoulder and weigh around 50 kilograms (110 lb). Nubian ibexes are a light tan colour, with a white underbelly, in males there is also a dark brown stripe down the back. Nubian ibexes have long thin horns which extend up and then backwards and down. In males these reach around a metre in length while in females they are much smaller (around 30 cm or 12 in).
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Alan, these animals are so well merged in the background that the thumbnail of your picture does not give a clue about their presence within the frame. It's only after I opened the image in full size that I saw them standing among rocks.
Very impressive presentation of Nubian Ibex in its natural habitat.
- [2013-08-24 0:10]
excellent wildlife image of ibexes. nice to see.