|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The chamois, Rupicapra rupicapra, is a goat-antelope species native to mountains in Europe, including the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, the European Alps, the Gran Sasso region of the central Italian Apennines, the Tatra Mountains, the Balkans, parts of Turkey, and the Caucasus. The chamois has also been introduced to the South Island of New Zealand. Chamois are strictly protected animals under the European Habitats Directive.|
Chamois live at moderately high altitudes and are adapted to living in steep, rugged, rocky terrain. A fully grown chamois reaches a height of about 75 centimetres (30 in) and weighs about 50 kilograms (110 lb). Both males and females have short, straightish horns which are hooked backwards near the tip. In summer, the fur has a rich brown colour which turns to a light grey in winter. Distinct characteristics are a white face with pronounced black stripes below the eyes, a white rump and a black stripe along the back. Chamois can reach an age of 20 years.
Female chamois and their young live in herds; adult males tend to live solitarily for most of the year. During the rut (late November/early December in Europe, May in New Zealand), males engage in fierce battles for the attention of unmated females. An impregnated female undergoes a gestation period of 20 weeks, after which a single kid is born. The kid is fully grown by three years of age.
The photo was taken in Fagaras Mountains near Caltun Lake.
For now, this is the latest picture from the chamois series.
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nice portrait, TFS Ori
- [2010-01-07 21:54]
Faina...cred ca am mai vazut aceasta poza si pe alt site, ma intreb cum ai reusit sa te apropii atat de mult?
- [2010-01-07 23:17]
In primul rand felicitari pt. vanatoare. Este o foto' destul de reusita, intr-o lumina buna. Cred ca mai aveai putin si o mangaiai pe bot. Erai camuflat?
La mai multe...
what a nice capture for beautiful Rupicapra rupicapra. It is also present on Eastern Black Sea region's mountains. Up to now, I captured most of Ungulates in Turkiye, but this is exception. you greatly capture it, with sharp focus, great POV and composition. I look at your notes and I didnt use long teleobjective. I think you was in comouflage. Great work indeed.
Thanks for sharing this beauty. best wishes and good night