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Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile
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Copyright: Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 50 W: 2 N: 70] (268)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-03-03
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D100, Sigma 50-500 F/4-6.4, Digital ISO 250, UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Crocs, alligators, caimans, & garials 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-17 15:10
Viewed: 6359
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A crocodile basking in the sun at the Rhino and Lion Park near Muldersdrift, South Africa.

Nile Crocodile {Crocodylus Niloticus}

The Nile crocodile is found throughout Africa. Large, lizard shaped reptile with four short legs and long muscular tail. The hide is rough and scaled. Juvenile Nile crocodiles are dark olive to brown with darker crossbands on tail and body. Adults are uniformly dark with darker crossbands on tail. Crocodile found throughout tropical and southern Africa in rivers, freshwater marshes, estuaries, and mangrove swamps.

Family: Crocodylidae

Name: Crocodylus niloticus

Length: 2.5 to 5.5 m

Weight: up to 1000 kg or more.

Diet Description: up to 70% of the adult diet is fish. Other prey items may include zebras, hippos, porcupines, pangolins, and migrating wildebeest.

Sexual maturity: relates to size. Males are mature at about 10 feet, approximately 10 years of age, females at about 6.5 feet, approximately 10 years of age).

Incubation: females nest in November and December on sandy shorelines, dry stream beds, or riverbanks. A female can lay 25 to 100 eggs, which she covers with sand, then guards until they hatch 3 months later. When young crocodiles are hatching, either parent may help them out of the egg by rolling it between their tongue and palate. This cracks the shell allowing for an easier escape.

Life span: average about 45 years in the wild, may live up to 80 years in captivity.

Fast Facts: When fish are migrating, crocodile may hunt cooperatively by forming a semi-circle across the river and herding the fish. They then eat the fish that are closest to them.

Tommysugar, chiliu, liquidsunshine, gerhardt, scottevers7, Janice, TAZ, sAner has marked this note useful
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Really interesting this shot! The teeth are really withe! Good the colours and the subject!
Bye Tom

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2005-10-17 15:48]

Excellent shot, Henry
Very good composition, nice colour and detail.

It's a great compo and POV. The eye detail is a trademark I see. :) Very nice shot, Henry. It does look very ominous. Well done.

Hi Henry,
Excellent shot on this Nile Croc. The low angle at eye level is what really makes this shot here. Colors and detail look very good. Great supportive notes.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-17 23:22]

He looks rather scary Henry, not nice to get up too close to. Good shot, he's well seen, nice and sharp, and I love those teeth. Good composition too. Well done.

very well exposed henry! I like the details this shot displays. the teeth is incredibly white ;-). TFS!

Great color and excellent composition. This is a very nice shot. Well done & TFS!
Best regards, Radu

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-18 2:54]

What sharp details. Interesting holes in each scale. What are they for? Wonderful POV. Awesome animal. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-18 4:00]

Wooow ! What an impressive and interesting croco that you have very well captured. Good low POV. Congratulations Henry and thanks for sharing with us.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-18 6:28]

Good portrait! The composition is excellent. Too bad the dof is a little shallow and the tip of the beak is a wee bit soft in focus. Nice colors & good POV. Well done & TFS!


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-18 12:57]

very nice one Henry
a realy good cropped shot with a good pov and a fantastic dof. I like the good job here.
gr. jaap

Good capture Henry,
The low POV works very well here. The details are clear and sharp. Well composed and good exposure.
Good informative notes too, which is always nice to see.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-18 21:55]

wow... i'm afraid !
Very Good portrait Henry, The composition is excellent, colours & sharpness very nice, dof & pov are excellent, thanks for sharing & have a nice day,

Greetings from Canada,

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-19 10:59]

Hi Henry
It's true another croc pic but very different. Well composed. Nice light on the head and great that you got the eye open. Do these ones ever eat humans ?
Regards Toni

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