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The Female ........

By teocali deadlier than the Male !

Had a wonderful day on the South Downs yesterday, in the company of Mike (greyheron) The wild Adders are now just coming out of hibernation and at this time are at their most venomous. This rather beautiful female Adder obliged by posing for a while, a foot or so away from the hood of my macro lens.

My thanks to everybody for their support of my last upload, with special thanks to Steve (SteveMackay) to his User Award - really appreciated and highly valued Smile

Tags: Sussex Wild Female Reptile South downs Adder Poisonous Vipera berus Venomous Deadly Wildlife and nature

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ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2014 12:14PM
She's a beauty,you are far far braver than I am


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Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
2 Apr 2014 12:17PM
How can you get that close? Do they not panic and strike? It's a great shot and I admire how brave you are.
debu 8 India
2 Apr 2014 12:32PM
Great shot,very nicely captured.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
2 Apr 2014 12:49PM
Superb close look here Sylvia - love that eye.
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
2 Apr 2014 1:03PM

Quote:How can you get that close? Do they not panic and strike? It's a great shot and I admire how brave you are.

Not really brave - you just lie very still at ground level and as long as you make no sudden movements they will not strike as they only strike if threatened. One actually slithered into my lens hood and curled up, reluctant to come out Grin Naturally I couldn't focus that close, LOL but Mike got some shots !
Well captured.
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
2 Apr 2014 3:33PM amazing capture...aren't females always more deadlier than men....
Greyheron 16 282 7 England
2 Apr 2014 3:46PM
There - and you were worrying that you hadn't got a decent image … outstanding in all respects Sylvia ...

Superb capture from a wonderful day out on the downs - such a privilege to spend time with these enchanting creatures…

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2014 4:01PM
A terrific shot Sylvia!
Far more brave than me..

well captured

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
2 Apr 2014 4:36PM
At 100mm. you were not that far away: great shot of an animal we seldom if ever see here, Sylvia.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2014 5:02PM
Great detailed capture of the eye SmileSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
2 Apr 2014 7:05PM
A fantastic close up Sylvia, such wonderful pin sharp focus on the eye
JohnoP 12 2
2 Apr 2014 7:22PM
For a stunning image, bravery and patience you get my vote and award Sylvia! Fantastic eye detail! Smile John
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
2 Apr 2014 7:42PM
OMG Sylvia I have just seen Mikes (Greyheron) upload of you with the snake.....I have a whole new respect for you....that's about 200m closer than I would be prepared to get to an Adder....go girl Grin
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 9:47AM
Great wildlife photography Sylvia. I would not do this as I have a great fear of snakes. Fortunately, as you say, they are timid creatures and tend to disappear into the undergrowth as footsteps approach.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Apr 2014 11:12PM
that mesmerizing look is so well placed in the frame, rolled up energy!
excellent selective focus!

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