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Peter Connan

Bush Snake

 

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Roodepoort.

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Nikon D750 + 500mm f4

f4, 1/2500 ISO 900

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Peter Connan

 

Any snake-in-the-wild image is a treat.

I appreciate the contrast shown between the snake and the succulent plant.

The detail of the eye is DAZZLING!

This series is so nice, as it brings the viewer to a scene in South Africa seldom observed or shown.

When any of the ‘little guys’, i.e. not Big Game, is depicted, it's a highlight!

Thank you!

Tom K.

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Wild Dogger

Monitor Lizard, Mfuwe sector, South Luangwa NP, Zambia

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Tom Kellie

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Crocodile Feeding in the Ewaso Nyiro River



Photographed at 4:22 pm on 29 April, 2014 in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 800, 1/400 sec., f/8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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We paused on the bluff overlooking the Ewaso Nyiro River to watch a Nile Crocodile feeding on a carcass in mid-river. The action continued for more than fifteen minutes.


The crocodile repositioned its prey to a point where it was steady, despite the current's continual pressure. It tore off large hunks of flesh, eating them, then returning for more.

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Tom Kellie

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Believe Whatever You Want. I Didn't Do It!



Photographed at 3:22 pm on 29 April, 2014 in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 400, 1/500 sec., f/5, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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In all four safaris in Samburu, I've enjoyed mid-afternoon swimming in the pool of the Samburu Sopa Lodge. There are seldom other swimmers, thus it's an especially relaxed atmosphere.


As I left the pool, I spotted this female agama. She looked at me as though denying yet again an absurd accusation. Her smartly scaled appearance had a femininity all its own.

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Peter Connan

@@Tom Kellie, seldom has a crocodile's teeth been displayed to such affect in portraying the savagery of this primeval beast! Excellent, thanks for showing it to us.

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KaingU Lodge

Saw this amazing sight a couple of weeks ago. MONSTER cross with a buffalo calf. We just missed the actual kill.

 

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Tom Kellie

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Sand River Crocodile



Photographed on 2 October, 2015 at 9:42 am in Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 200mm f/2.8L II telephoto lens.



ISO 125, 1/2500 sec., f/2.8, 200mm focal length, manual focus, handheld Manual exposure.



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~ I'd never before observed a healthy young crocodile swimming at full capacity, therefore I was gobsmacked by the sheer beauty of its smooth motion across the Sand River surface.



Holding its head up, it powered itself forward with a slight bow wake and frothed ripples trailing behind. There was nothing akin to struggle or effort, rather a graceful display of muscular kinetics from one of natural selection's victors.


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Tom Kellie

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Crocodiles Resting Beside the Mara River



Photographed at 1:11 pm on 3 May, 2015 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.


ISO 8000, 1/8000 sec., f/16, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.


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Anthony knows of my inexplicable fondness for Nile Crocodiles. Why? I have no rational explanation. Perhaps it's because I like birds and crocodiles are counted as kinfolk by the birds.


When we parked on a bluff overlooking the Mara River I was pleased to see these two resting crocodiles. Their scaled bulk is evidence that when natural selection gets it right, beauty isn't a primary consideration.

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Game Warden

@@KaingU Lodge Hadn't seen that before. Great sighting and photo!

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Ben mosquito

@KaingU Lodge , really impressive, great shot. .

 

 

Boomslang

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Puff adder and a bird:

 

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Ben mosquito

 

I like your boomslang photo.

Where was that taken?

Was it in the morning?

Tom K.

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Tomas

Nile monitor Lizard Bongoyo Island Dar es salaam

 

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Tomas

White throated monitor Lizard Ruaha national park a couple of days ago

 

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ice

taken during our very first self drive safari in 2003, Etosha, analog picture, scanned

 

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ice

sleeping under our tent in CKGR in 2014

 

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Tom Kellie

~ @@ice

 

Under your tent?

Oh my goodness!

Such a finely detailed image.

Thank you.

Tom K.

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Tom Kellie

~ @@Tomas

 

Here's a tip of the cap to your outstanding Dar es Salaam Bongoyo Island monitor lizard photo.

The high resolution showing detail is remarkable! Terrific lighting, too!

Thank you for posting it.

Tom K.

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Tomas

~ @@Tomas

 

Here's a tip of the cap to your outstanding Dar es Salaam Bongoyo Island monitor lizard photo.

The high resolution showing detail is remarkable! Terrific lighting, too!

Thank you for posting it.

Tom K.

Thanks a lot.

 

Bongoyo is a really nice place if you like Nile monitors there are like 10 of them feeding behind the restaurant some of them 2 m plus! I would like to get shots of them at the sea shore and that will be my next mission

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Ben mosquito

~ @@Ben mosquito

 

I like your boomslang photo.

Where was that taken?

Was it in the morning?

Tom K.

 

Thank you Tom, it was in the Laikipia at El Karama eco lodge after the morning game drive.

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elefromoz

A couple from Motswari Game Reserve in the Timbavati, Greater Kruger, SA

 

Rock Monitor

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Boomslang, welcoming us at the Lodge gate on our arrival

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Vine Snake under the dining table at nThambo Lodge, Klasserie

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Got too much attention there so moved outside

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Dan

@@Ben mosquito

The pictures of the Puff Adder are very interesting! Your other snake looks a lot like one of the 'kivuensis' Boomslangs, but the depth of the head (and lack of black markings on the head) makes me think it might be a Spotted Bush Snake - but it might just be the angle. How big was it? Do you mind if I send a copy to a friend? He's currently creating distribution maps for reptiles across East Africa and if it is a Spotted Bush Snake, this might be a range extension. I will tell him it's your picture of course!

 

@@elefromoz

That's a nice set of pictures! The last picture is of an Eastern Bark snake, Hemirhagerrhis nototaenia. Is the previous picture of the same snake?

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Ben mosquito

@@Ben mosquito

Your other snake looks a lot like one of the 'kivuensis' Boomslangs, but the depth of the head (and lack of black markings on the head) makes me think it might be a Spotted Bush Snake - but it might just be the angle. How big was it? Do you mind if I send a copy to a friend? He's currently creating distribution maps for reptiles across East Africa and if it is a Spotted Bush Snake, this might be a range extension. I will tell him it's your picture of course!

 

 

 

@Dan , as far as I remember 50 to 70 cm long. There is no problem sending a copy to your friend .

 

here is a close up

 

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And from Tsavo West NP, another puff ader ( bitis arietans ) with quiet and self confident doves.

 

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Soukous

African rock python

 

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it was hunting tree squirrells

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marg

a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake....three days ago out on the golf course in the California desert. It was in an irrigation valve box. This time of the year the clubs on the back of the cart and a camera is on the seat next to me.

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