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while watching a pride of lion this fellow was spotted in the bushes next to us. One of the most deadliest snakes in the world due to its venom, speed & behavior! Can reach 4m, but seldom seen they are average about 2.5m-3m long. This one was about 1.5m

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens:EF300mm f/2.8L USM +1.4x
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:19 Feb 2012 - 7:36 AM
Focal Length:420mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:Juvenile black mamba
Username:TomCoetzee TomCoetzee
Uploaded:27 Feb 2012 - 10:48 AM
Tags:Africa, Death, Mamba, Snake, Wildlife / nature
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TonyDy
TonyDy e2 Member 5TonyDy vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 - 10:51 AM

A little too close for comfort, Tom but a great image - I believe these can rear up and outrun a human - is this true?
Tony

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 10:54 AM

Exellent capture,very well done,
saeid

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TomCoetzee
27 Feb 2012 - 11:07 AM

Thanks guys! Tony they can reach speed of 25kph, so if you consider that you have to dodge trees & bushes I suppose in theory they can, but this will only happen if you are threatening them. i 've lived in the bush for many years & never had a race against one!Wink

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
27 Feb 2012 - 11:22 AM

I don't know if I could keep a steady hand... Good capture! IB

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rajasekar
rajasekar  5 India2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Feb 2012 - 2:22 PM

Excellent Photo!! I love the focus amid the bush.. Brave shot!! I've heard and read a lot about this Black Mamba!
You've got the guts to click it the moment you saw it..
Raja

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