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#1 Tom Kellie

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Posted 26 May 2015 - 09:09 AM

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Pelomedusa subrufa in Amboseli
 
Photographed at 10:37 am on 11 February, 2014 in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 800, 1/5000 sec., f/5.6, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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Full credit for this spotting goes to Mr. LI Yinan of Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China, who pointed out a small terrapin in a muddy puddle in the track.
 
Both Anthony and I were impressed that he'd noticed the terrapin, which alternated between immersing itself and speedily moving in search of better conditions. 
 

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 11:36 AM

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Terrapins and a Nesting Plover

 

~ Photographed on 21 July, 2015 at 3:38 pm in Meru National Park, Kenya, with an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.

 

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Our rewarding days in Meru over, we were heading back to the Murera Gate after an especially productive game drive. Glancing to the right — four terrapins!

 

After focussing the camera lens on one of the terrapins, I saw a nesting Blacksmith Plover in the background. Below them the back and ear tip of a hippopotamus.

 

The terrapins must possess very keen senses, as they turned and plunged into the water seconds after we stopped. We'd observed similar terrapin flight responses elsewhere.


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Posted 02 September 2015 - 12:12 PM

This one surfaced next to me while I was in a hide.  It was a fairly fleeting glimpse to be honest.  

 

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Posted 02 September 2015 - 12:18 PM

This one surfaced next to me while I was in a hide.  It was a fairly fleeting glimpse to be honest.  

 

~ @KaingU Lodge

 

Yet sufficiently long to obtain a compelling image!

 

It's such a fine image — the legs extended into the water, the eyes directed toward the camera lens.

 

I like the shimmering ripples spreading out from it.

 

Even the nostrils are visible. I admire your photography skills, which I enjoy in your regular posts within the photography section.

 

Many thanks for this one!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 30 March 2016 - 07:29 AM

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Out for a Stroll

 
Photographed at 8:30 am on 23 January, 2016 at Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Sabi Sands, South Africa, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.
 
ISO 400, 1/8000 sec., f/2.8, 400mm focal length, handheld Manual exposure.
 
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~ This is one of the few times I spotted anything of note. Our route took us through a sand area which would have been the riverbed had it not been during a time of prolonged drought.
 
Glancing downward at wildflowers this leopard tortoise was spotted. We stopped for photographs, surprised at the speed with which the tortoise vanished from our view into a grassy patch.

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 11:29 AM

Leopard Tortoise, Masai Mara

Olympus EM-1, 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 @ 100mm, F8, 1/1000, ISO400

 

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 11:42 AM

Some Terrapins this time, riding on the back of a hippo.  Nairobi NP26397498111_0967d80306_c.jpg


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 09:53 PM

Amboseli would not be the first place that comes to mind for an outstanding terrapin photo.

 

ON the hippo, such a find @IamFisheye.

 

I'd like to try to see hatchlings.  Safarichick has kindly informed me of Playa Viva in Mexico, which could be a real winner.   Thonga Beach in South Africa is also a possibility.  Rocktail Bay has trips to try to see the hatchlings, maybe at Thonga beach. 

 

What do you all know about hatchlings.

 

Here's my contribution:

 

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Sideneck turtles, Sandoval Lake, Tambopata, Peru


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 01:32 PM

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia Mydas)

 

Photos of a nesting female, taken at Turtle Island (Lihiman Island) Sandakan, Borneo. 

 

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Every night of the years 10s of Green Sea Turtles come a shore to lay their eggs, allowing tourists to see the whole process of egg laying, collection by the guides and the resulting release of another prior batch into the sea.


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Posted 30 April 2016 - 12:06 PM

#1: f/3.7   1/320sec   ISO 196  63mm

#2: f/3.7   1/320sec   ISO 64    63mm

#3: f/3.7   1/400sec   ISO 64    63mm

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 03:52 AM

Selinda, November 2015

 

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Posted 27 March 2017 - 08:30 PM

Hello @Hads hope you can help with this gentelman we saw in the Harold Porter Gardens in February. We assume he is a entleman as we disturbed him mating, or attempting too.Immediately the embarresed female hid in a bush but he was very bold and decided on a quick snack-it was great fun to hear him munching-we think it is an angulate tortoise-can you confirm? and we gave it a good 8 on   (@Caracal's amiability index as he did not seem to mind when we inturrupted him

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 12:22 PM

Hi @Towlersonsafari - I think you are 100% correct with the tortoise being an angulate.

He does not seem to be shy either..... 


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