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*Help, Alligator!*

*Help, Alligator!*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-05 8:04
Viewed: 3590
Points: 14
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...and another one from the Everglades (Shark Valley).

This is an Anhinga drying its wings and observing an
Alligator which is moving in the water behind it.


The Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called
Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey,
is a water bird of the warmer parts of North America
and South America. The word "anhinga" comes from the
Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake

It is a cormorant-like bird with an average body
length of 85 cm, a wingspan of 117 cm, and a weight of
1,350 g. It is a dark-plumaged fish-eater with a very
long neck, and often swims with only the neck above
water. When swimming in this style the name Snakebird
is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above
water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike.

The Anhinga is a member of the darter family,
Anhingidae, and is closely related to Indian (Anhinga
melanogaster), African (Anhinga rufa), and Australian
(Anhinga novaehollandiae) Darters.

The Anhinga's feathers are not waterproofed by oils
like those of ducks, and can get waterlogged, causing
the bird to become barely buoyant. However, this
allows it to dive easily and search for fish under the
water. It can stay down for significant periods.

When necessary, the Anhinga will dry out its wings and
feathers. It will perch for long periods with its
wings spread to allow the drying process, as do
cormorants. If it attempts to fly while its wings are
wet, it has great difficulty getting off the water and
takes off by flapping vigorously while 'running' on
the water. Anhinga will often search for food in small

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhinga]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
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Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/250
Av (Blendenzahl) 8.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
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Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 250
Objektiv EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Brennweite 55.0 mm
Bildgröße 3888x2592
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Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
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Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • Great 
  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-06-05 8:08]

Hi Tjhorsten,

A very nice capture and well thought title,well composed with good colors and detail,the aligator in the BG finishes it,thanks


Hallo Thorsten.

Sehr interessante Szene, die die echte wilde Leben. Ich mag die natürliches Farben. Die Komposition des Bildes ist attraktiv. Nur einen Punkt, mit dem autorization: Es scheint mich, dass die Schärfe der Alligator nicht ganz richtig ist, und die gesamte Kontrast der Schuss nicht zu optimalen ist, meiner Meinung nacht. Vielleicht das Licht war schlecht.

Dies sagte, das ist ein attraktives Bild.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen..

Entschuldigen sie mich bitte für meine deutsche sprachkenntniss.:)

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-06 0:24]

Hi Thorsten.
You have pictured a nice, very expressive scene. Pose of the bird is amazing and I am also very impressive with crocodile in the frame. Excellent DOF and sharpness across the frame. Nice colours and impressive sunlight. Compliments and best regards.

  • Great 
  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-06-06 6:05]

nice shot!
beautiful subject full of light and colors.

very well done!


  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-06-06 9:30]

Hi Thorsten,
I can feel the panic!
What a great POV, with the terrified anhinga in the front, and the alligator in the BG.
Wonderful moment captured.
TFS. : )

Hi Thorsten!

It is a very good picture, obviously I had to laugh, seems to have convinced these animals to act a little. I do not want to imagine the picture you could take about 5 minutes later! Excellent, very good idea, I welcome you to take advantage of these wonderful eye situations. It is a picture with very good technique and quite relaxing. Thanks for sharing.

Regards & Best whishes


  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-06-06 13:55]

Nice capture Thorsten,
Good detail and color along with a fine pose combines for an interesting image. Looks like this guy better beware before he becomes the neat meal! TFS.

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