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Copyright: Ashok Kumar (ashok_delhi17) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 17] (151)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon 55-250mm EF-S 1:4-5,6 IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-01 5:15
Viewed: 3195
Points: 2
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Barasingha (Swamp Deer), found only at Kanha (Central India), the herd was looking alert.

The barasingha or swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii) is a deer species currently found in isolated localities in northern and central India, and southwestern Nepal, and is extinct in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The specific name commemorates the French naturalist Alfred Duvaucel.

The most striking feature of a barasingha is its antlers, with 10 to 14 tines on a mature stag, though some have been known to have up to 20. The name is derived from this characteristic and means "12-tined or horned" in Hindi. In Assamese, barasingha is called dolhorina; dol meaning swamp. In central India, it is called goinjak (stags) or gaoni (hinds).

In central India, the herds comprise on average about 820 individuals, with large herds of up to 60. There are twice as many females than males. During the rut they form large herds of adults. The breeding season lasts from September to April, and births occur after a gestation of 240250 days in August to November. The peak is in September and October in Kanha National Park. They give birth to single calves.

They are basically crepuscular. They are less nocturnal than the sambar deer. When alarmed, they give out shrill, baying alarm calls.

Captive specimens live up to 23 years.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-01 15:32]

A beautiful capture,just a bit overexposed but was very difficult to work in these terribles and differents light levels.Magnificent colors,details and very rich composition.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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