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I love Muck !
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Copyright: Phil Cannings (PhilC) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 25 N: 117] (551)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-07
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favourites-III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-17 12:21
Viewed: 3146
Points: 12
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This is another photograph taken at the sewage treatment works near to Nicosia. It is one of three species of turtle which occur on or around Cyprus. When people think of turtles in the Mediterranean most people will think of the marine turtles of which to species occur in the waters around Cyprus and nest on the beaches. These are the loggerhead turtle and the green turtle.

What most people do not know is that there is a third turtle species which occurs on Cyprus With very limited distribution in the rivers and water bodies around Nicosia. This third species is a freshwater turtle called the Caspian or stripe neck turtle.The scientific name is Mauremys caspica.

I first saw the species at the sewage treatment works at Haspolat, about a year ago and it took me some time to find out about it. Ever since then I have been looking for an opportunity the photograph this animal either at the sewage works or in the waterways nearby.

The Caspian or stripe necked turtle can grow to about 25 cm in length and normally inhabits lakes rivers ditches and similar sorts of water bodies. It feeds on fish and other suitable small aquatic animals and in countries which have a harsh winter it will hibernate beneath the mud under the water. This turtle nests on dry land and the female normally lays between nine and 20 eggs.

the distribution and range of the species is from North West Africa, southern Europe to Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Syria Northern Cyprus Israel and some of the Aegian islands. What is not clear from the little research I have unable to find, is whether its presence in Northern Cyprus is natural or whether it has at sometime escaped from captivity.

this photograph was taken towards the end of the day after I had been photographing waders on the edge of the sewage works. I noticed the movement in amongst the debris at the edge of the settling pan about15 foot away from me and after I sat and patiently waited this turtle eventually emerged from amongst the reeds.

As we had been parked and in position for some time we were able to make a series of photographs at quite close distance without disturbing the animal.

This photograph was taken using my friends Eos 7D which I have borrowed for the afternoon to see the effect of the 1.6 multiplication. Previously I have always used full frame Digital cameras such as the Eos 1DS but having borrowed the the 7D for an afternoon I am sold on the multiplication factor when used for wildlife work.

This photograph was taken at ISO 100, F8 at 1/400 with a 100-400is Canon lens - with the Eos 7D this gave an effective focal length of 540mm.

Regards -- Phil

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To boreocypriensis: Cypriot ReptilesPhilC 1 10-18 08:54
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Hello Phil,
Great capture! Very impressive to see his head and neck with so fine details. It is a very shy turtle not easy to approach. Thanks to your patience, you get this very good result. I like also the composition. Useful note too. Cheers,

Hi Phil,

Nice to see a real beauty from my homeland. As a Turkish Cypriot herpetologist this post also very meaningfull and remarkable for me. You've captured it in Pedios river (Kanlıdere) in its natural distribution area in lovely pose indeed.
TFS this and have a nice night/new week!


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-17 18:40]

Hello Phil,
A fantastic shot of this turtle showing wonderful detail, color and exposure. Love the natural setting and composition you chose for this fine image. Great job!!

what a nice species, what a clear capture, tfs!

Hello Phil, excellent shot of this pretty terrapin from lateral side with nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards,

The best shot of Mauremys caspica, in Cyprus
Well done!

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