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Nile Crocodile

Nile Crocodile
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Copyright: Carl Landsberg (Jakkals) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 187 W: 3 N: 587] (2813)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/8000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-11-18 10:11
Viewed: 1960
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi TN friends,
I have been absent from TN for quite a while due to two hip transplants. I have recovered to such an extent that I was able to visit our famous Kruger National Park and this photo was taken at Sunset Dam near Lower Sabie.

The Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)

The Nile crocodile is an opportunistic apex predator and a very aggressive species of crocodile that is capable of taking almost any animal within its range. They are generalists, taking a variety of prey. Their diet consists mostly of different species of fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. The Nile crocodile is an ambush predator and can wait for hours, days and even weeks for the suitable moment to attack. They are quite agile predators and wait for the opportunity for the prey item to come close within the range of attack. Even swift prey are not immune to attack. Like other crocodiles, Nile crocodiles have an extremely powerful bite that is unique amongst all animals and sharp conical teeth that sink into flesh allowing for a grip that is almost impossible to loosen. They can apply high levels of force for extended periods of time, a great advantage for holding down large prey underwater to drown.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-11-18 10:47]

Hi Carl,i'm happy to know that now all is right for you,the pic is a great scoop,not easy to take a crocodile so close and with the dinner on the mouth,perfect detail and colors,an excellent first pic from your last trip,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hallo Carl
nice to by back on TN
and with a very nice picture to see
i hope see more
thanks gr lou

Welcome back my good friend, hope you have fully recovered from your hip transplants, and what a great image you have here, not very often we see crocodile action shots, good detailed sharpness, nice highlighted eye, excellent picture Carl, well done,

Best Regards,


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-11-18 12:00]

Hello Carl,
Good to see you back. I hope everything is fine now.
A photo with a lot of memories for me. I don't know if you have seen my caiman with fish photo from the Pantanal.
Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Great timing.

For a leaner, and, I'm still learning, this is an ABSOLUTE 10/10 image.
I can even "see" both the eyes of that poor bass being swallowed up.
Love your notes too.
Do keep shooting.
You have a great lens; try to buy a 2.8 lens for MACRO shots, auto focus. They are HIGHLY EXPENSIVE. And, if you acquire one get it with a stabilizer; but, they are worth it. Great for insects and other tiny creature etc:
Best and most kind regards from COLD COLD Calgary, Canada.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-11-18 14:26]

Hello Carl,
First of all I would like to say welcome back, and it's great that you are finally starting to heal from your double hip transplant operations. I'm sure you would agree you are far better off then this unlucky fish is at the moment:}
Great shot and captured at just the right instant. Focus is sharp, allowing us to view both predator and prey in fine detail. Colors appear to be true and natural and exposure is right on the money. I saw my first and only wild crocodile living in it's natural habitat a few years ago while in Costa Rica, I will always remember that thrilling experience.

fantastci capture, TFS Ori

An incredible shot dear Carl ... very inspiring wildlife work indeed ! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-11-19 23:16]

Hi Carl
Great capture of both, predator and photographer!
Amazing moment, frozen with such a shutter speed.

Thanks for sharing

Hello Carl, The attention that this image attracts speaks for itself and I fully concur with all the accolades above. What a fascinating spectacle! Very well done indeed. Best wishes.

NS: Dit was 'n aangename verrassing om epos van jou te kry en ek hoop jy is nou werklik oor al die probleme. Ek gaan dit weer met aandag lees en antwoord binnekort. Onthou, hier is baie wildreservate in ons omgewing. Beste wense, ook aan Annetjie.

Great opportunity (with what almost certainly is a nile tilapia in its jaws), wonderful sharpness and exposure. Great, great job, amgo Carl.

Hernán Bortondello

Hi Carl,
Although you uploaded the photo 2 weeks, welcome back to the site! We missed you. Absolutely excellent and very spectacular image, no need to vivisect, perfect as it is, both composition- and technical-wise. Thank you, and I wish to see a lot more photos of you in the near future!
Best regards from Ireland, László

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