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Nile crocodile

Nile crocodile
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Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D (Digital Rebel XT), 70-200f2.8L IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Reptiles - Crocs, alligators, caimans, & garials 1, Kruger National Park 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 14:34
Viewed: 5812
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Nile Crocodile Crocodylus niloticus is an African reptile of the family Crocodylidae.

Nile crocodiles have a dark bronze colouration above, with black spots on the back and a dirty yellow on the belly. The flanks, which are yellowish green in colour, have dark patches arranged in oblique stripes. There is some variation relative to environment; specimens from swift flowing waters tend to be lighter in colour than those dwelling in lakes or swamps. Their eyes are green.

Like all crocodiles, they are quadrupeds with four short, splayed legs; long, powerful tails; a scaly hide with rows of ossified scutes running down their back and tail; and powerful jaws. They have nictitating membranes to protect their eyes and have lachrymal glands, and can cleanse their eyes with tears.

Nostrils, eyes, and ears are situated on the tops of their head, so the rest of the body can remain concealed underwater. Their coloration also helps them hide: Juveniles are grey, dark olive, or brown; with darker cross-bands on their tail and body. As they mature they become darker and the cross-bands fade, especially those on the body. The underbelly is yellowish, and makes high-quality leather.

My photo was taken from a bridge, more specifically the bridge over the Olifants river on the H1-4. Approximately in the middle part of Kruger National Park.
Remember this..
"Recently large numbers of dead crocodiles have been found in the Olifants River gorge..." Crocodiles dying in Kruger by Loot.
I think this is a juvenile due to its dark olive and brownish colouration and its size.

Most of my Kruger images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D MarkIII plus the 400mm 2.8 lens mounted. However, this one was captured with a 350D and a 2.8 200mm Canon lens with Canon extender 1,4. Handheld IS on.

Post-processing: in Bridge and CS3. It is a slight crop.

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Hi Annick,

Nice picture from above. It usually works best to be on the same level as the subject, but this one from you worked particularly well. Good work.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-26 16:58]
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Hi Annick,brave and top quality pic,i hope that this crocodile are not dangerous,remember me my pic taken during a Kenian safari..ehehhe....thanks a lot for share,have a nice Sunday,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-27 0:13]

Hi Annick.
I see you were on safe distance now. It is very good. You are needed here :).
I like superb composition and framing of the image. Pictured scene at whole as an animal in particularly is very nice. Especially I like vegetation pattern on the sand. Details and sharpness of the image are great as usual. Well done and my kind regards.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-27 3:38]

Hello Annick, Well shot and that too a very good view. Superb angle and nice sharp picture. Ganesh

Hi Annick,

Good composition. At first look, I thought it was a zoo photo, but after reading the note,
I understand this POV.


Hi Annick,
For you it doesn't matter either it is a 1DMIII or 350D. Your works are just superb and of high class. Very well composed with sharp details. A very nicely captured Nile Croc. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2008-07-27 22:20]

Hello Annick,
You share such an interesting variety of subjects! I love the colors in this one too. Exceptional detail and exposure. Such a nice even soft glowing light! Wonderful composition also!

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