Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sambar - Yala, Sri Lanka

A photograph of a pair of Sambar deer taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
Sambar - Yala, Sri Lanka

We came across this pair of Sambar on one of the drives we did in Yala. They had just come out into the open and were about to drink at a waterhole when we drove up. Initially they seemed a bit uncomfortable with our presence but within a few minutes they settled down and had a long drink.

More photographs after the jump.

A photograph of a pair of Sambar deer taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
 Sambar - Yala, Sri Lanka

Unlike at Horton Plains, where large herds of Sambar are frequently seen, Sambar sightings in Yala are usually limited to a pair or a single individual. On our trip we saw this pair and caught a glimpse of another Sambar as it disappeared into the bush. We were fortunate enough to have a lengthy sighting where the animals were quite close and not bothered by our presence.

A photograph of a pair of Sambar deer taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
Sambar - Yala, Sri Lanka

They are a relatively large species of Deer which measure up to 160 cm in height and weigh up to 280Kg. They are found through most of South Asia and vary widely across their range. The sub-species found in Sri Lanka is Rusa unicolor unicolor which is one of the largest.

A photograph of a pair of Sambar deer taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
  Sambar - Yala, Sri Lanka

These photographs were taken with a Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. The photographs seen here have not been cropped.

A photograph of a pair of Sambar deer taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
 Sambar - Yala, Sri Lanka


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