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Yacare Caiman

Yacare Caiman
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-01-11 6:35
Viewed: 1954
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken from the same place as where I photographed the fish eating caiman (posting), the fish eating Giant Otter (posting) and the White-winged Swallow (posting). After I had driven away a few caimans, I sat down on a small sandy beach on the banks along the river, surrounded by dozens of caimans. This was my neighbour. For all these photos I didn't have to move at all.

The Yacare caiman (Caiman yacare, Jacaré in Guaran) is a species of caiman found in central South America, including northeastern Argentina, Uruguay, southeastern Peru, eastern Bolivia, central/south-west Brazil, and the rivers of Paraguay. Approximately 10 million individual Yacare Caiman exist within the Brazilian Pantanal, representing what is quite possibly the largest single crocodilian population on Earth. As a medium-small sized crocodilian, most adult male individuals grow to roughly 2 or 2.5 m (6.6 or 8.2 ft) in length, with the occasional 3 m (9.8 ft) individual (there are reports of occasional 4 m (13 ft) individuals within the Pantanal, but this is yet to be verified). Females are rather smaller at an average of 1.4 m (4.6 ft). Body mass in this species can range up to 58 kg (128 lb) in males and from 14 to 23 kg (31 to 51 lb) in females. Their relatively smaller size makes them a potential prey of the jaguar and anaconda. This species diet consists primarily of fish (especially piranha) and birds, with the occasional capybara being taken by larger adults. In general, due to their small size, this species of caiman is not considered as a fatally dangerous species to humans.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Deze staat er super scherp op
mooie compositie met de bek open en veel details te zien
de kleuren zijn weer prachtig
gr lou

Terrifying yet fascinating aspect of a Croco, Peter.
The image is exceptionally sharp and the details on the entire image razor sharp.
Thanks for sharing yet another great image from Brazil.

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. Yes, Ram is right, this is a shot of exceptional clarity. The focus is immaculate and the features of this powerful beast impressive in all respects.These are fierce predators in their own right. Thanks a lot for sharing a wondrous shot, Peter, Take care.

warm regards / Abid

Ciao Peter, great portrait of terrifyc creatur, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Mr.Peter,
I am just watching minutely how you carefully did this PP!Excellent one.Sharpness,details and colours are really outstanding.Neat and clean image.Like it.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Peter, superb quality image with outstanding detail my good fiend, a little different from your repertoire of subject, great effort and very well done,

Best Regards,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-11 12:28]

Hi Peter,this place seems a mine for the photographers,a new capture from there,a spectacular close up and a impressive quality,i like it!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2014-01-11 14:03]

magnifica foto de qualidade excelente nitidez e cores muito boa meus parabéns.

Hi Peter, You have captured this Yacare caiman with great sharpness along with such high quality details. His giant jaw looks very dangerous to stay close to him/her. The teeth are not sharp but will tell when got bitten. Thank very much

hallo Peter
照的清晰 很漂亮的鱷魚頭部特寫
光線亮麗 看的非常清楚
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Peter

WOW ! great close-up shot with fine POV at its level
obtaining the caiman's eye-contact and with superb
focus, great sharpness, and details, TFS


Hallo Peter
This is a first class posting with great quality! The exposure and focus is spot on with fine details in sharpness. My compliment for this excellent portrait. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter
Superb photo, excellent detail, good depth of field, nice light with no shadows, good pose with eye contact. Nicely composed
regards yiannis

GREAT portrait Peter! The sharpness is impressive! Fantastic lighting too!

Hello Peter,
Fantastic portrait of this Croco.
Stunning sharpness and very perfect colour make this beautiful.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-12 8:23]

Hi Peter,
Excellent details and colours with perfect composition.
Very nice shot of this dangerous animal.
Regards Jiri.

Hi Peter
so sharp it even looks dangerous on my screen, but as you say not fatally dangerous to humans, just taking away a finger here or a foot, rarely an arm…
Must have been a fabulous place there

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-01-12 12:58]

What a great portrait of our beloved Yacaré! This is a family member of the crocodiles is very typical of my littoral land. A few years ago back was in serious danger of survival, but after a titanic task of conservationists, ecologists and field biologists, the wild population was greatly revitalized.

Taking advantage of that right now (Sunday January 12, 17:55 am) you're working with your reviews on TrekNature, I send you a big hug, Dutch friend!

Hello Peter.
Wonderfull picture.
Well done dear friend.

Ciao Peter. One of you best indeed! Perfect DOF razor details. and magnificent light.


Hello Peter,
Excellent sharpness and clarity.Very well exposed and nicely focused.

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