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Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-12
Categories: Mammals, Desert
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-12 4:00
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Points: 22
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Taken this morning in the al Maha Reserve. It is about 1 hour drive from my villa, but it is the first time I have visited - and then only because I have guests staying!

An Arabian oryx stands about 1 m (39 in) high at the shoulder and weighs around 70 kg (150 lb). Its coat is an almost luminous white, the undersides and legs are brown, and black stripes occur where the head meet the neck, on the forehead, on the nose and going from the horn down across the eye to the mouth. Both sexes have long, straight or slightly curved, ringed horns which are 50 to 75 cm (20 to 30 in) long.

Arabian oryx rest during the heat of the day and can detect rainfall and will move towards it, meaning they have huge ranges; a herd in Oman can range over 3,000 km2 (1,200 sq mi). Herds are of mixed sex and usually contain between two and 15 animals, though herds of up to 100 have been reported. Arabian oryx are generally not aggressive toward one another, which allows herds to exist peacefully for some time.

Other than humans, wolves are the Arabian oryx's only predator. In captivity and good conditions in the wild, oryx have a life span of up to 20 years. In periods of drought, though, their life expectancy may be significantly reduced by malnutrition and dehydration. Other causes of death include fights between males, snakebites, disease, and drowning during floods.

Historically, the Arabian oryx probably ranged throughout most of the Middle East. In the early 1800s, they could still be found in the Sinai, Palestine, the Transjordan, much of Iraq, and most of the Arabian Peninsula. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, their range was pushed back towards Saudi Arabia, and by 1914, only a few survived outside that country. A few were reported in Jordan into the 1930s, but by the mid-1930s, the only remaining populations were in the Nafud Desert in northwestern Saudi Arabia and the Rub' al Khali in the south.

In the 1930s, Arabian princes and oil company clerks started hunting Arabian oryx with automobiles and rifles. Hunts grew in size, and some were reported to employ as many as 300 vehicles. By the middle of the 20th century, the northern population was effectively extinct. The last Arabian oryx in the wild prior to reintroduction were reported in 1972.

Arabian oryx prefer to range in gravel desert or hard sand, where their speed and endurance will protect them from most predators, as well as most hunters on foot. In the sand deserts in Saudi Arabia, they used to be found in the hard sand areas of the flats between the softer dunes and ridges.

Arabian oryx have been reintroduced to Oman, Saudi Arabia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Jordan. A small population was introduced on Hawar Island, Bahrain and large semimanaged populations at several sites in Qatar and the UAE. The total reintroduced population is now estimated to be around 1,000. This puts the Arabian oryx well over the threshold of 250 mature individuals needed to qualify for Endangered.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-12 4:35]

Hello James,
Interesting photo of this Arabian Oryx in its natural environment. Good sharpness, beautiful colours and a fine composition.

Hello James,
A, for me, unusual animal very well shown and with a very interesting note. The scandalous near-extermination of the Arabian Oryx by people who killed for pleasure is another sad testimony of disgraceful human behaviour. We do not deserve this Earth that we live on. I am glad that they have been saved. They are quite different from the African Oryx that we have here and with which you probably are familiar. Best wishes.

James, it is a pleasure to see your pictures here off and on. Since you are residing in the UAE, we naturally look forward to seeing your nature images from that region. By sharing the picture of this graceful mammal from there, you have obliged us.
The picture is, as usual, a masterpiece from your versatile hands. I love the sandy BG and the two shadow lines of the horns on the animal's back.
Thanks and regards.

BTW, my son now lives in Dubai and we intend to visit him around the new year.

hallo James
very good sharpness picture with good details and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

What a splendid specimen.
Lovely image of both the species and its environment.
Sharp and a well presented composition.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-10-12 10:15]

Hi James,
Perfect photo of this beautiful oryx. Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao James, great capture of superb creature, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Janes - Precise and useful NOTE about this " Arabian Oryx ". Very well presented. Nice pose. Splendid colour and well sharpness. Its natural habitat attracted me a lot. Thanks for sharing. Regards - Srikumar

Nice to see your post again after a long time, James. This is great capture of pretty Arabian Oryx on sand dunes. Thanks for sharing this beauty my friend. Best wishes from Turkiye

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-12 13:18]

Hi James,you caught very well this lucky opportunity,a specie that i never seen before and not often seen on TN,perfect capture very well exposed and made with fine detail and natural colors,i like it! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

amazing creature, TFS Ori

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