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Oz Eastern Brown

By goso
Reportedly, second of the top two most venemous land snakes in the world - second to the Oz Taipan.
Disturbed just after dawn this morning whilst getting firewood from the woodpile - he was sluggish because of the extremely cold night, and was coming out to bask in the upcoming sun I think - had it been warmer, and judging by the look in his eye, he would have had a go I think. He was a long way from the house, so we both went our own way, but I must admit to still being a bit shaky Grin. He would have been just under 6' in length.

Tags: General Wildlife and nature

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Comments


LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2011 6:26AM
Wow, your bravery as well as your photography are impressive. Lovely portrait.

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8 Jul 2011 6:32AM
excellent capture!
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
8 Jul 2011 6:34AM
Very well captured, Bill, and how brave of you to wait around with the camera, you wouldn't have seen me for dust! Carol
lesliea 6 2 Australia
8 Jul 2011 6:38AM
Wow Bill lucky it is winter mate and he is moving a bit slower, I come across one of these guys and it moved that fast I didn't see where it went, nice image well captured Bill.
Cheers Allen, Smile
8 Jul 2011 6:41AM
Excellent image. great dof but still enough to see the coils behind
Rick
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
8 Jul 2011 7:05AM
Superb study of this very venomous snake, they live side side with us looking for rats ect. Close call and you let it go on it's way, a true nature lover. Ron.
Ray42 8 3 England
8 Jul 2011 7:10AM
A great shot of this
Quote:very venomous snake
- I think I would use a 500mm lens on this one and with a big crop
PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
8 Jul 2011 7:13AM
An absolutely top-notch snake image, Bill!

I've seen these snakes go up a chicken-wire fence and down the other side! They're certainly not the type that you'd want to accidentally tread on!

An excellent capture!


Cheers

Phil
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2011 7:31AM
Excellent capture - not surprised you were a little shaken after meeting him
Helen
A superbly captured shot, Bill, I think I would have run faster than Usain Bolt.
Roy
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
8 Jul 2011 7:38AM
This is a superb image. So glad he was too sleepy to strike!! He doesn't even look friendly, neve mind act that way. So glad I live in Scotland where our Adders at least keep well away and are rarely met.

Ann
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
8 Jul 2011 8:39AM
Scary or what! The only creature I tend to disturb first thing is the morning is the neighbours cat! Smile


Ken
Super capture Bill - well done !

Chris
Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
8 Jul 2011 9:04AM
He certainly looks as if he is coiled to strike !

Glad you are alright Bill.

Rock
Devon_Wild 5 8 1 England
8 Jul 2011 9:48AM

Quote:A great shot of this very venomous snake - I think I would use a 500mm lens on this one and with a big crop


I agree , excellent capture ..............Rob
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
8 Jul 2011 10:12AM
I think I would use my 500 and a converter Bill. GrinGrin My oath he is a mean looking bugger.
Excellent shot mate.
Ron
8 Jul 2011 11:03AM
A beauty of a shot, well done Bill.

Len
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
8 Jul 2011 11:55AM
brave !!!
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
8 Jul 2011 12:18PM

Quote:I think I would use my 500 and a converter Bill. GrinGrin My oath he is a mean looking bugger.
Excellent shot mate.
Ron


I think I would have put my camera back in my bag and used my shotgun Bill !!
A brave shot.
Mick.
8 Jul 2011 2:37PM
Superb image. I'm glad you survived the meeting. Sylvia
8 Jul 2011 3:11PM
Scary to think you have these guys so close to your house. I'd make sure to keep my doors closed at all times. A great shot and with only a 200, yikes.........Sandy
bricurtis Plus
11 2.0k 49 England
8 Jul 2011 8:42PM
That's a superb capture Bill - love the clarity of the head coming out of the coiled body.
Brian.
Shroomer 9 14 167 England
8 Jul 2011 9:08PM
I was once chased by one of these in Queensland Bill. Scarey beggars, but managed to grab a long stick and pin it down. Then leg it away faster.
Cracking good shot
Richard
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2011 9:22AM
great capture for your bravery, did you need clean pantsWink
9 Jul 2011 5:36PM
Superb image!!

Lesley
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
9 Jul 2011 8:55PM
A top shot Bill, he looks very menacing.
bunbeam 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2011 10:33PM
brilliant capture
bunSmile
15 Jul 2011 5:49PM
A good steady hand despite the adrenaline encounter! Well done. A
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
28 Jul 2011 10:54AM
Brave man,saw programe about these snakes they don't back down.Always tobe avoided,
Glad you have this shot,a fine one at that and no camera shake,Wink


Aidan,,
31 Aug 2011 1:32PM
At first I read it as 6 in ....... missed the ' sign
Respect !!!
2 Sep 2012 4:44PM
Excellent image. Well capturedSmileSmile
pieaddict 9 73 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 3:15AM
i stepped over one in the glass house mountains, that shook me up as well
24 Feb 2013 12:18PM
Maybe you should be grateful for a long and cold night Bill. But given the fact that you were shaking - this image is excellent. Focus where it's expected to be, great use of dof and fantastic exposure.
Johanna


Oh darn, I wanted to give you my UA for this - but... obviously I've given it already to a more recent image! How ever - consider having got it. Smile

And again.... I haven't looked at the date of uploading. Silly me!

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