onsdag 21. januar 2015

SWIMMING WITH AMERICAN CROCS & ALLIGATORS


American crocodile, Everglades Florida
D4, 200 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 720

The American crocodile is naturally distributed in the Central Americas south to Colombia & Venezuela and is also found in some areas of the Caribbean. In the US crocs are only found in the Everglades area in southern Florida. The biggest ever American croc recorded was 7 m long, and fatalities with humans are known to happen. Due to loss of habitat and extended poaching over decades the American croc is now rare and listed as endangered. The total population in the Everglades is estimated to approx 400, where as many go these are found in the Turkey Point Power Plant Area which is normally closed for the public. Not only are crocs rare, but also much shyer than alligators and accordingly they can be a challenging motive.

A warm thank you to Michael Stern & Mario Aldecoa for help & great company ! 



Americn crocodile, Everglades Florida
D4, 200 4,0, f/6,3, 1/1000, ISO 500


American crocodile, Turkey Point Everglades Florida
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 4500


American crocodile, Turkey Point Everglades Florida
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/2500, ISO 5000


American crocodile, Flamingo Everglades Florida
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 900 


American croc : check the front canines in the lower jaw penetrates the upper jaw ! 
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 250


The remains of an expired giant American croc !! Turkey Point Everglades Florida
Olympus O-MD E-M1, 12-40 2,8, f/3,2, 1/500, ISO 100


Photographer & Turkey Point biologist Mario Aldecoa with the crocodile skull. 
Turkey Point Everglades.
Olympus O-MD E-M1, 12-40 2,8, f/2,8, 1/500, ISO 100


Alligator, Everglades Florida


I had to get in the water with my cloths on (!!) to get this low angle on the alligator at dawn. 
Shark Valley, Everglades Florida
D4, 600 4,0, f/4,0,  1/200, ISO 2800


Alligator, Loop Road, Everglades Florida
D4, 600 4,0 f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 2500


Alligator, Loop Road, Everglades, Florida.
D4, 600 4,0, f/6,3, 1/640, ISO 900


Alligator. Loop Road, Everglades, Florida.
D4, 600 4,0, f74,0, 1/640, ISO 1100


Spectacled caiman, Rio Frio, Costa Rica 


Spectacled caiman, Rio Frio, Costa Rica


Black racer. SW 53 street, Miami (!)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/4,0, 1/1000, ISO 220


Male green iguana, Costa Rica
D4, 200-4004,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 1000


Male green iguana, Costa Rica
Olympus O-MD E-M1, 12-40 2,8, f/4,5, 1/500, ISO 200 


Male green iguana, Costa Rica (don`t clic to enlarge !)
D4, 200-400 4,0, f/5,6, 1/800, ISO 200


An little iconic little frog, not bigger than 20-25 mm long : the strawberry poison dart frog with skin extremely poisonous !! Arenal, Costa Rica
Olympus O-MD E-M1, 60 2,8 macro, f/5,6, 1/50, ISO 25600 (!!)
  

6 kommentarer:

  1. Riktigt fina bilder som du fick med dig från Florida Tom!!!
    Må väl / Kenny

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  2. Du verden, her var det mye lekkert! Du får det til du, Tom! :-) Det som er så herlig med dine bilder, er at de er så skarpe og detaljerte. Lærer så mye om dyrene og fuglene av å se på dem! Den blågrønne fargen på iguanaen, er så flott, og huden dens er som den flotteste mosaikk! Helt nydelig! :-)
    Klem fra Lillian

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  3. Veldig bra, Tom!! Nr 2 er min favoritt her.

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  4. Rimelig hefitg serie Tom, som vanlig fra den kanten.

    Knut Børge

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  5. Nok en heftig bildeserie fra råtassen!. Herlig krokodilleportretter. Likte alle sammen.
    mvh Esben Reiersen

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  6. Gorgeous and fascinating series of photos.

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