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Black Snake


Black Snake
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/7.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-12 17:12
Viewed: 8477
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) is the most commonly encountered snake in eastern Australia. Where bushland joins residential areas, this snake is occasionally found in peoples gardens. Red-bellies are venomous but rarely cause death and they will usually retreat if disturbed unless cornered. They can grow to 2m in length and have a bright red belly which, unfortunately, I couldn’t capture in this specimen which was about 1.5m long. They prefer to live near moist areas, especially along creeks, swamps and permanent water holes. They swim readily and can stay submerged for several minutes. They prey largely on frogs, but will take other small vertebrates if the opportunity arises. Mating occurs in spring and they subsequently produce 5-15 live young. They are diurnal and can be observed basking in the sun on cooler days, but they are not common enough to cause any concern. My work takes me into bushland several times a week and I would only see 3-4 each year.

I found this specimen hunting frogs in a pool near my office during my lunch break. The head shot on the right is not really sharp (it was coming towards me), but I thought I’d include it to give some idea of the head structure and the always active tongue. The images are cropped and unsharp mark applied (80,1,2).

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Wow... gran captura Chris... y gran presentacion.
La eleccion de las 2 imágenes mostrando un primer plano de la cabeza del ofidio es una excelente opcion.
Bonitos colores y buen encuadre.
Tal vez el PP realizado no completó su optimizacion, por lo menos desde mi punto de vista, sobre todo en la agudeza en la version LP.
De todas formas es una gran entrega, como asi tambien tus notas.
Realicé un Workshop con otra vista de la imagen... espero te agrade.

Wow... great capture Chris... and great presentation.
The election of the 2 images showing a first plane of the head of Ophidia is an excellent option.
Pretty colors and good frame.
Perhaps the made PP did not complete their optimization, at least from my point of view, mainly in the sharpness in version LP.
In any case it is a great post, like asi also your notes.
I made a Workshop with another vision of the image... I hope pleases to you.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-13 13:47]

I hope you took this at max zoom! I like this post a lot and your note is interesting.

Thanks for posting.

Very good set Chris. Very nice colours and very detailed. Great job folloowed by an interesting note.

Good note for a very interesting post, I appreciate very much the effort for Large View, this one needs it!
I think there must be quite difficult to get this into frame :) TFS

Good to see one of Aus's many snakes this one is well found. the notes are good too

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