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Caiman in the Pantanal by Vella Kendall

August 2020 - Caiman in the Pantanal

August 2020 - Vella Kendall

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About the Image(s)

As one can see, this was taken early evening in the Pantanal. I was sitting in a small boat. cropped, and normal exposure adjustment with noise reduction in NIK Define and Darken Lighten Center in NIK Color FX. This is baited so technically not a wildlife photo. This is a caiman which is smaller than an alligator. They eat mostly fish and one will see them frequently with a catfish in their mouths. They in turn are a favorite food of jaguars. There is such a supply of food in the Pantanal that I saw many chubby caimans and was surprised they could swim and not sink.
400 ISO, 100MM, f/5.6, 1/2000; Canon 7dII Canon 100-400mm


10 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, Good PP to obtain the residual sunset colors. The caiman must have come out the take a breath of air, and he became a prey for the big bees. Were the photographers also attacked by the bees ? It is sharp, and the landscape crop improved the composition. On second look I can see the tail of the fish that must have been thrown to the caiman.....   Posted: 08/02/2020 07:58:51
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for the comments. We were fine from them but the group prior to ours had problems with biting flies especially when shooting. We were told to bring gloves and we did wear them. These look like bees but I think they may be the flies. I have many photos with this type of bug in it.   Posted: 08/02/2020 21:43:16

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Those teeth look very scary. Even if it is smaller than an alligator, I wouldn't want to be too close! Good sharp image which is particularly impressive considering you were sitting in a boat at the time. Lovely colours in the water in the evening light.   Posted: 08/02/2020 08:33:37
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for your comments. Most of shooting was done from the boats. We were lucky that the company we went with hires small maneuverable boats with one person per row.   Posted: 08/02/2020 21:53:01
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for your comments. Most of shooting was done from the boats. We were lucky that the company we went with hires small maneuverable boats with one person per row.   Posted: 08/02/2020 22:52:20
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for your comments. Most of shooting was done from the boats. We were lucky that the company we went with hires small maneuverable boats with one person per row.   Posted: 08/03/2020 21:53:08

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Really nice work Vella. Your post work did a great job of saving what could have been a poor image and making it into a fine photograph.   Posted: 08/03/2020 09:35:11
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks. I appreciate your comments.   Posted: 08/07/2020 12:09:52

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Found an interesting article that shows all the possibilities of flying critters "bee look alike"
https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/insects-that-look-like-bees   Posted: 08/05/2020 13:18:48
Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
Thanks for the link. Très intéressant.   Posted: 08/07/2020 12:10:34

 

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