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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

Voters: LynneJoyce, pascalg, CaroleS and 50 more

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Comments


LynneJoyce Plus
9 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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pascalg Plus
10 37 France
8 Jul 2011 6:32AM
excellent capture!
CarolG Plus
10 199 20 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
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
14 8 8 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 9 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 7 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
10 344 22 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2011 7:31AM
Excellent capture - not surprised you were a little shaken after meeting him
Helen
Jekaro 8 1 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2011 7:37AM
A superbly captured shot, Bill, I think I would have run faster than Usain Bolt.
Roy
EAS 8 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
14 4.2k 4 United Kingdom
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
15 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 6 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 10 3 72 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
12 47 13 United States
8 Jul 2011 11:55AM
brave !!!
mikbee 10 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
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 11 Canada
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
12 2.1k 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 10 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
10 351 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 11 255 2 England
9 Jul 2011 8:55PM
A top shot Bill, he looks very menacing.
bunbeam 11 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 10 222 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 10 73 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 3:15AM
i stepped over one in the glass house mountains, that shook me up as well
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
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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