View Full Version : Gaur Calf Suckling at night

Bibhav Behera
18-10-2009, 11:44 AM
This was shot around 12:00 AM in Parambikulam. The Vehicle's Spot light was focussed on the pair... Definitely not a photographer's image... Posting this as a behaviour image. The calf kept butting the udders to sustain the flow of milk...

Nikon D80 with 18-135mm
SS 1/13
F 5.6
ISO 800

Mrudul Godbole
19-10-2009, 09:39 AM
Nice behaviour captured. Its quite rare to sight this.

Bibhav Behera
19-10-2009, 01:10 PM
I'd like to add, that the herd was a large one of around 50-60. All the cows and the calves were concentrated in one area. The alpha Bull was on the lookout on one side. All the nursing mothers were bunched up and the calves could be seen weaning there. Safety in herds...

Sabyasachi Patra
21-10-2009, 02:01 PM
I had photographed this scene in Parambikulam last year on October 3rd. I think the calf was suckling for about five minutes and then a forest department canter came and honked. So I had to move ahead so that it could pass. Naturally, the gaur got disturbed and stopped its calf from suckling.

Canon EOS 40D, EF 400mm f2.8 L IS USM, EF 2x II ie. at 800mm optical focal length, full frame, ISO 200, F5.6, 1/50 second.


Bibhav Behera
23-10-2009, 06:44 PM
@Sabyasachi: isnt that calf a bit too old for suckling milk