Crooked smile

By ColleenA
Good morning, we have a stunning Saturday weather skies and sunshine, Spring has arrivedGrin
Thank you for the great response to my Zebra mother and foal.
A huge thank you to Moira (Moiral) and Kate (Irishkate) for their UA's, I was delighted.
Today I have a crocodile for you, left it for Shadow Saturday..... he was about 3 metres in length and quite lethal looking. He was basking in the morning sun. (9.45am) He was on our side of the water hole but there were also 2 other crocodiles sunning themselves on the opposite bank as well. Lens used to the max again as if the vehicle went any closer he would have disappeared into the water. I am saving up for a bigger zoom lens for next year.
Have a nice dayGrinGrinGrin
V1 uncropped close up
V2 is a full length image of him...a big uncropped image, you may have to view as normal size
V3 is one of the crocs on the opposite bank,,,loved his reflection

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
7 Sep 2013 6:47AM
Lovely with the reflection in V3

CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
7 Sep 2013 6:51AM
He's got a huge grin on his face, Colleen, wonder what he's just swallowed Wink. V.3 for me, love that reflection in the water. Carol
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 7:02AM
Agree he has a certain look in his eye Colleen...
all three great images no way to chose this time
really well captured
Nigeve1 8 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 7:03AM
Three great image, certainly seems to be smiling; happy snapper.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
7 Sep 2013 7:04AM
I worry about you, Colleen.
Most things you show seem to be capable of eating or squashing you.
Be careful!
Don't forget while using your long lens that there may be something crawling up the tripod!

Your pictures are dramatically good and conjure up the atmosphere and environment in which these creatures live.
S_Psharma 8 1 India
7 Sep 2013 7:08AM
Very fine images to me v2 looks best.
ColleenA Plus
8 483 7 Australia
7 Sep 2013 7:11AM
Ha ha No tripod for anything to crawl up. All captures are handheld sitting in the Landcruiser. However it is an open top vehicle... No doors or windows ... Not for the faint hearted.
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
7 Sep 2013 7:32AM

Quote:Ha ha No tripod for anything to crawl up. All captures are handheld sitting in the Landcruiser. However it is an open top vehicle... No doors or windows ... Not for the faint hearted.

Don't forget you are on the menu. Tongue
Hermanus 8 4 South Africa
7 Sep 2013 7:38AM
Good morning from a misty Swellendam Colleen !! I love your sneaky croc images Smile V3 is unusual and an excellent capture too Grin
7 Sep 2013 7:39AM
3 super images Colleen, V2 a slight favourite,
7 Sep 2013 7:46AM
A stunning set of images SmileSmile
HarrietH Plus
11 303 Portugal
7 Sep 2013 7:47AM
Crocodiles. Definitely not favourites of mine. I once got up close to one captured and put in a tiny (low fenced) pen. I had no idea at that time that they could jump, but I thought it was a good opportunity to see one up close.......just as I got to its head it hissed, just like a snake. This really freaked me out more than a roar would. Never again, as ddolfin said, be careful, very careful Colleen. Crocodiles can run and quite fast and they CAN jump.
Canonshots 10 206 13 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 8:01AM
I think I feel safer photographing crocodiles in captivity. Yes, they can jump. I've seen them put through their paces in the Crocoseum at Australia Zoo. They are not creatures to be trifled with even if you are an expert in their behaviour.
johnlw 14 1 10 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 8:09AM
Lovely light and a friendly faceSmile
Regards John.
7 Sep 2013 8:44AM
Fantastic and scary images , Colleen,must be dangerous there! V3 is very fine among others! The reflection in water,and so on...... GrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
7 Sep 2013 8:44AM
Waaw!Colleen these are Brilliant with some lovely texture and detail.
You are verry braveSmile
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 8:45AM
Stunning, a pleasure to see Colleen.

Image two hitting all the right photographic points.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
7 Sep 2013 8:50AM
Excellent shots as always. Although I always bemoan the fact that we don't have the same wildlife photo opportunities here in the UK, there are some African animals that I'm not sorry to live without!
cardikit Junior Member 8 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 9:09AM
Never smile at a crocodile....
Three superb images Colleen.

Andysnapper 13 109 25 England
7 Sep 2013 9:41AM
Wow, another super wildlife shot Colleen, talk about a smiling assassin.....Grin

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 9:44AM
That's a smile??????
We had loads of them in North Australia
Probably still have
Don't know why people are so frightened by them.
Tho I did have 2 huge chickens in Leeds....and to be honest they left me in awe
Something about their eyes.....and feet etc.
Kinda primitive instinct.....guess it is the same with the crocs
Jenny-D 11 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 10:05AM
Fabulous captures Colleen.

Jenny Smile
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 10:23AM
Super set of images Colleen

digital_boi 15 3 6 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 11:07AM
they always look evil to me even while they smile Colleen three good captures

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 19 England
7 Sep 2013 11:21AM
A wonderful set, Colleen...and he's even smiled for the camera! Grin I've only once ever seen a full-sized croc 'in the flesh', and that was at Artis Zoo in Amsterdam - luckily it was railed off between me and it! Wink
Trev Smile
Franko59 9 3 2 England
7 Sep 2013 11:26AM
V2 for me Colleen to see it in all its glory, Great!!!,,,, regards Ian
7 Sep 2013 11:51AM

Quote:Never smile at a crocodile....
Three superb images Colleen.


I think Carol's advice is very sound indeed!
Three great 'snaps', Colleen!!SmileSmile

7 Sep 2013 12:25PM
Hiya Colleen. 3 wonderful captures but V3 for me, love the reflection in the water. One animal I definitely wouldn't trust!! GrinGrin

Jasper87 Plus
11 2.7k 158 England
7 Sep 2013 1:09PM
Three very well thought out images, Colleen. v3 has a lovely reflection, v2 captures the whole body well, but v1 is a good lead, the higher contrast gives excellent clarity and detail.

Irishkate Plus
10 45 121 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 1:19PM
Well everybody is concerne dfor your safety Colleen.
I wouldn't have known that crocodiles can jump and it does show how we can get caught unawares
when we don't know enough about animal behaviour - I'm sure you do Colleen but take care nontheless.
Superb images of this crocodile and definitely not to be messsed with!
widtink 8 406 2 Scotland
7 Sep 2013 1:35PM
Lovely shots Colleen . V2 is awesome showing this killing machine off at its massive best Smile

myrab 15 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 1:46PM
Super set of images, great.

sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 2:09PM
superb set of shots
7 Sep 2013 2:18PM
Great set Colleen. V3 my favourite. Cathy
ali63 9 791 1 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 2:51PM
Excellent images Colleen,

Ali SmileSmile
7 Sep 2013 3:06PM
Three great images, beautiful light in v1 and reflection in v3
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 3:43PM
3 super images Colleen, v3 for me todaySmile

Mike_Smith Plus
13 774 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 5:37PM
Three cracking shots Colleen, i wouldnt fancy getting too close to these chaps. I was reading an article about a salt water Crocodile that was 5 metres long that had taken a man's arm off. I think you would benefit from a longer lens
tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 5:59PM
Longer lens definitely Colleen

You capture your wildlife with such skill, that a longer lens could only reap more rewards

taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
7 Sep 2013 5:59PM
One mean critter!

They would not let me give you a UA for the Jaguar, so here is one today for both!
capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2013 6:54PM
Fascinating to see these beautiful, but dangerous, creatures in their home territory.Smile

Potra 8 Venezuela
7 Sep 2013 7:29PM
Magnificent animal. Your adventures are so exciting!
7 Sep 2013 11:20PM
Great images, Colleen. These guys may be as close as we still have left of dinosaurs (except, of course, for birds).

prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
8 Sep 2013 2:36AM
U really enjoyed the safari.
senn 10 5 1 Belgium
8 Sep 2013 7:10AM
great set here .. detail rendering and light are perfect
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
8 Sep 2013 10:27AM
Excellent Coleen, love Crocodiles !!
annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
13 Sep 2013 10:40PM
Good job he has taken his dentures out Smile
you are definitely braver than me. I have seen crocs going after a 4x4 in a river... good I saw it only from far!
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
17 Sep 2013 10:16PM
A super set of shots of this sly crocodile, i bet he was hoping you'd venture closer to get some portrait shots!Wink

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