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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/4, 1/1500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-25 5:56
Viewed: 3773
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my first snake picture. I'm scared of them and have never been enthusiastic about taking their pictures. I haven't seen one for years and it was a chance encounter with one when I went to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary near Delhi this month during my stay of about 12 days there. I had gone with the hope of capturing some good bird pictures, but it was not to be; I ended up doing some mediocre work with my limited 70-300mm zoom lens. While walking around the periphery of the marshland, I saw this snake by the side of the path sunning itself. It was cold and I was surprised to see it since they are supposed to be hibernating during winters. Anyway, I decided to take its picture since it was not going anywhere and here it is.
I have not the slightest interest in snakes, so I have no idea what kind of a snake this one is. A little research on the net did not help much either.
I will try to post a larger version of it in the hope that snake experts may identify it if they so wish.

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hallo Ram
nice picture to see this snake
good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2014-01-25 7:24]
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Hello Ram sir,

This is a Checkered Keelback , a non venomous snake.


Ciao Ram, I don't like snakes but your hoto is very bautiful, great capture, fine details, splendid sharpness and wondrrul colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

It's a rat eating Keel back.
A great image.
Sharp and showing details of its colours.
I love snakes; they control the pests.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-25 14:52]

Hi Ram,great timing and beautiful result,it's always difficult to take a snake,need to be fast and ready with the camera,a great capture with perfect details too despite the difficult location.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ram,
interesting snake. I heat them :). But very good photo and presentation. Nice colours.
Have a nice Sunday,

Hello Ram Bhai,

Hope you are well. I feel sorry for you and for myself too....smile...that the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary visit proved a disappointment, for we were all anticipating a lot from you but let me tell you frankly, this snake's photo is no disappointment and Arjun has kindly identified it for us and now knowledge-wise we are all richer than before.I do not think that visit was a total failure and this photo proves it otherwise. Thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful photos and notes, a treasure trove indeed.

warm regards/ Abid

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-01-29 18:16]

Hello Ram,
It may not be a bird as you would have liked, but it is certainly a beautiful snake. The markings on it's body are actually quite pretty and it's color would surely help in making it invisible while in green grass.
Snakes are always a challenge to display just because of their physical features. The are usually fully extended, which makes you have to go with a fairly wide composition in order to get them entirely into the frame. Detail is sometimes lost for this very reason. I'm glad you were able to post this image in a larger format just for this purpose. TFS.

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