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|Gaur (Indian Bison)with Calf (Bos frontalis) |
Been to Bandipur on Jan-14 and Jan-15!
The Gaur or Indian Bison is a large animal. Male Gaurs are black in color, while female Gaurs are brown. Both the hide of male and female Gaurs is white below the knee of each leg, giving the gaur an appearance of wearing white stockings. Gaur calves are light brown and do not have "stockings." Adult Gaur bulls can grow almost 2 m tall and weigh from 650 to 1000 Kg. Female Gaur are smaller in size. Older male Gaurs have a big dorsal ridge along the length of their backs and huge dewlaps.
Gaurs are herbivores. They feed mainly on grass. During times of drought Gaurs will eat leaves, creepers and plants. Being ruminant animals they usually feed during the morning, rest and ruminate in the afternoon, feed some more in the evening and return to the forest cover to rest at night.
The Gaur can be seen in the wild in forests of South and Eastern India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and Bhutan.
Status: Gaurs are endangered with only around a 1000 left in the wild. Their numbers are threatened by human encroachment of their habitat. Diseases of domestic cattle are also a threat to the survival of Gaur in the wild.
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Nice picture and a useful note.
Great and important picture. Its exciting to see the young and adult together in their natural habitat. Thanks, Ori
- [2006-02-03 16:04]
The details are very good and great natural colours.
Thanks for sharing!
- [2006-02-04 14:02]
What a lovely family portrait. Very sharp and great POV on these two unusual animals. Great job and TFS. : )
I love this pic, I never see that species. Good colours, light and family scene.
- [2006-02-17 17:44]
Thanks for introducing me to this lovely animals from your country. And a bonus at that to see mother and child in such a lovely composition.
It seems like the macro lens lend itself very well to this major shot, in the sense that it captured the detail exceptionally well, although it cost you in DOF. Great colours, exposure, and POV.
Very well done and TFS.