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Caiman catches fish

Caiman catches fish
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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: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-03 6:27
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Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is one of the most successful photos I took in the Pantanal.
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, a family of eating giant otters and beautiful birds. Paradise was not far away.

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.

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Hi Peter,
incredible situation you have captured. Perfect timing. Nice point of view. Nice composition. True life and death.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Peter,
Outstanding action shot,absolutely great and perfect in every sense.

Hello Pater,
Woow! Have a great reflexes! A terrible jaws of prey.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-10-03 7:57]

Hallo Peter,
Excellent timing ..
Excellent pov and sharp image with nice detail.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-03 8:28]

Hi Peter,you must to be proud,this pic is ready for the National Geographic Magazine! What a timing and what a spectacular result,absolutely great! And the quality too is impressive,the best details despite the very quick moment.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

This is among the top ten best action shots I have seen here on TN since I joined it 7 years ago, Peter.
This picture alone compensates for everything you must have put behind your visit to Brazil.
Immaculate timing, razor sharp focus and absolutely natural colours and surroundings.

Hello Mr.Peter,
Beautiful moment.ANIMAL PLANET moment.Beautiful capture with good sharpness and light.Details are very good.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter!
Great shot, superb timing. Details on the prey and hunter are great.Water coming out of crocodile's jaw is so clear.congrats for this super shot!

Ciao Peter, fantastic capture, great timing to take cayman at dinner, fine details for prey too, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo peter
een super moment om op de foto te zetten
mooie opname met veel scherpte en super mooie kleuren
bedankt weer
groet Lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-03 13:27]

Hello Peter.
A very dramatic moment for fish and a great timing to take this situation,superb quality of sharpness and details and very brilliant colors too.Regards Siggi

Hi Peter,
哇哇 很棒的鏡頭 百年難得一見
抓住了奇蹟 奇蹟卻在鱷魚嘴裡
照的清晰 也很漂亮 色彩接近原色 很自然
構圖美麗 背景好看

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2013-10-03 18:49]

Amazing image you present us here.
Perfect freezing of the scene.
Well chosen depth of field and point of view.

WOW!! Amazing scene and fantastic photo Peter!!! Exellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

Wow, what an amazing macro capture of a very moment of an alligator having a fish in the mouth! Brilliant DOF and POV, superb sharp details, excellent composition and beautiful natural colors. Congratulations, Peter, and thanks for sharing.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-10-04 0:24]

Shalom Peter,

Excellent picture down tho scales of the fish (what species?) and the eddies around the Caiman.

Thanks for sharing this, along with an interesting note.



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-04 4:43]

Hello Peter,
Another interesting picture from your trip. Best timing here, what a vivid
scene...just a few seconds left to this colourful fish.
Fine natural colours too.
Kind regards

Hi Peter
Just perfect moment

Hi Peter,
Breathtaking action shot, not a situation we often see here on TN. Brilliant! Bravo!
Best regards, László


What a great shot. You are right ... paradise not far away. Your wise selection of high ISO, wide aperture, and rather rapid ss was a mark of your success. The POV is timely and nothing short of fabulous. TFS


perfect moment in this scene, bravo, very fine quality photo from this POV!
regards Peter

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-05 3:32]

Hi Peter,
Another great image with a very excellent moment captured.
Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
Excellent photograph of Caiman catches fish, excellent sharpness and details, outstanding composition, excellent background and lighting.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2013-10-05 13:40]

Hi Peter,
Great capture and timing.
Great color and sharpness


Hello Peter,

You're capturing well this decisive moment by a good timing, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle in which the caiman is catching a big fish into its big mouth. It's also impressive in the sharp alignment of teeth.

Kind regards,

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-10-06 14:04]

What an excellent picture of this great moment! Congratulation. Saludos.

Hello Peter,
A superb action shot.
great timing.
Superb exposure and perfect WB.
I think it is a best action shot i ever seen.
best wishes MF.

Great time here! Impressive DOF so like detaisl and sharp. Wonderful colours. Well done indeed Peter.


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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2013-10-15 17:04]

bela foto no momento certo com nitidez precisa excelente trabalho meus parabéns.

Hi Peter
Indeed a fantastic moment.Congrats! Just perfect!
Thank You

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-10-22 4:23]

Hi Peter,
Outstanding timing and POV ! Great details and clarity as well ! You are a lucky one :-) TFS Tina

Peter : Bravo
Colors - precision - sharpness - details - everything is managed
it's great ..
Thank you, best regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-11-05 13:37]

It must have been a thrill to catch that moment!
The details are amazing!
TFS this exciting shot, Peter!

Hallo Peter,

Very impressive picture,good sharp and interesting note.

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