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12 July 2005 @ 08:43 am
Barking Deer  
This is one of the four types of deer we get in Southern India. It's mostly solitary and very shy and the best place to see them is on hilly forests like BR Hills, though this photograph was taken in Kabini sometime in April. It's called a barking deer since it's call is like a dog barking! :)

goofy_duck2004: Rearviewgoofy_duck2004 on July 12th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
It's called a barking deer since it's call is like a dog barking!

Never heard of this name before.
Yathinyathin on July 12th, 2005 04:26 am (UTC)
It's also called the Indian Muntjac.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on July 12th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
You are an excellent wildlife photographer, I hope you are able to use this skill commercially as well. If not, you should be. Perhaps set up a website and sell your prints, if nothing else. I would most certainly buy some of your photographs for my walls.
Yathinyathin on July 12th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
I do have a website ( http://www.yathin.com/ ), but I do not intend to sell any photographs. Everything I click are what I see and what I think is beautiful to share and never with an intention of making money out of it. I believe the moment I start selling photographs, the joy of seeing wildlife may change since I may start to think about wildlife in a different perspective. I also feel I should not be making any money out of something that's as free as wildlife!

Also, I'm happy with what I earn in my regular job so there's another reason to not sell photographs! :)

I have had discussions about this with a lot of other people and one interesting suggestion was that if I did not want the money, I could sell the photos and contribute all of it to some wildlife fund or even fund my trips so that I can get more pictures. However logical it may seem, I think the joy of photography will never be the same again if I start selling!

However, I'm not against the use of my photos for any non-commercial purposes. So if you want to use it for your desktop or hang up in your house, you could always ask for a bigger image which I'll be glad to share.

IdahoSwedeidahoswede on July 12th, 2005 08:03 am (UTC)
I appreciate and understand your reasoning and respect your decision. Thanks very much for the offer of larger images and I am sure I will be in touch with you regarding that. It's just that both my husband and I have been SO impressed by your feeling for what you are seeing.
twistedlogixtwistedlogix on July 12th, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)
How about selling/auctioning some photos and donating the proceeds to some worthy organisation?
Yathinyathin on July 12th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
If you read my comment again, you'll see that people have already suggested that. "However logical it may seem, I think the joy of photography will never be the same if I start selling!"

It will not stop me from donating however, but selling is out of question. Right now, the photographs are in "share-only" mode and I hope it remains that way for ever.

Anyways, thanks for the suggestion. :)
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on July 13th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
That's very noble indeed Yathin. Gotta appreciate your stand there,
Frog Pond: kakasbijoyv on July 15th, 2005 04:57 am (UTC)
I always love a startled muntjac. One pristine morning ten years ago, I was walking from Kumily to Thekkady (the Periyar Tiger Reserve) and I saw a pair of muntjacs feeding on shoots beside the road. I had a tacky little point-and-shoot camera and I figured the only way to capture these two darlings on film would be to get *really* close to them. Perhaps the wind was blowing toward me, because I did manage to get really close to them -- like about 7 feet. As I poised my trembling hand to click, one of them looked up, stamped its foot down and barked. It was such a shrill ringing sound that I, standing gingerly on tiptoe, toppled over and fell on my back. Lying there like that, I watched as these two magnificent animals bounded away into the thickets, their barks electrifying the air for several minutes thereafter.
Yathinyathin on July 15th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
I can imagine how amazing that experience could have been.

The deer alarm calls are always that electrifying because usually it means a possibility for seeing the Lord of the Jungle and even if we trigger it off, it's still exciting because our brains are tuned to get excited at that point! :)