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Alpine ibex

Capra ibex

Description:

The Alpine ibex is a species of wild goat native to the European Alps. In its habitat region, the species is known as bouquetin (French), Steinbock (German), and stambecco (Italian). The species was virtually hunted to extinction in the 19th century, and has now recolonized many alpine regions. An extraordinary climber, it occupies steep rough terrains at high altitude.

Habitat:

Rocky regions along the snowline above alpine forests, from 1,800 to 3,300 metres (5,900 to 10,800 ft). These animals were spotted at about 2500m.

Notes:

You are often alerted of the presence of these animals by the sound of small rocks falling down cliffs. The first 4 shots show a male, the fifth a female

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29 Comments (1–25)

Stunning !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Luis! These were actually right next to where my latest picture at Mountains, hills and rock formations was taken :-)

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Great seies Daniele! I likemost # 3.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thanks Mona and Yuko. At higher altitudes, the sky trends to darker colors; here I also used a polarizing filter.

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Spectacular series! The blue color of the sky is unbelievable.

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Stunning series !!! Very beautiful photographs.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 7 years ago

Thank you MichaelWeymannWenzel!

Wonderful shot!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you again matimar1!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Francis!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Stian and Nopayahnah!

Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 8 years ago

Great pictures Daniele!

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Especially like the third photo

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

Yes.. Daniele.. so I never pass below their way... its like suicide...!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Ashish and Arlanda! At higher altitudes, the sky trends to darker colors. Ashish, indeed I did enjoy seeing these animals greatly. As you can guess you get alerted to their presence by the sound of falling rocks, and it's a thrill to finally spot them.

arlanda
arlanda 8 years ago

Very nice spotting Daniele

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 8 years ago

The shade of sky tells quality of clear weather... Great spotting..!!
Daniele you must have enjoyed this shooting..!!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Vishu!

Vishu
Vishu 8 years ago

great shot!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Dan!

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

I agree, great spotting and beautiful sky!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks AzriAzmi! At higher altitudes, the sky trends to darker colors. I didn't even need to use a polarizing filter!

AzriAzmi
AzriAzmi 8 years ago

Beautiful species and I love the blue sky background even !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Satyen!

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Lovely animal, thanks for sharing.

DanielePralong
Spotted by
DanielePralong

Evolène, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 4, 2007
Submitted on Jan 17, 2012

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