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Spur-thighed Tortoise in the wild

Spur-thighed Tortoise in the wild
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Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 2:51
Viewed: 5236
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This summer was a tortoise summer :-). I was in Bulgaria and Macedonia. I have seen tortoise in Melnik (Bulgaria) but also in Macedonia. Even 4 or 5 at the same time. These picture was taken in Konopiste village in Macedonia. Interesting peaceful place with great geological formations. Radek (cicindela) already posted a photo from this place. You can find it here

Spur-thighed Tortoise - Testudo graeca (Family: Testudinidae) - one of a 3 terrestrial tortoise species occurring in Europe. The other two are: Testudo hermanni and Testudo marginata.

In Macedonia you can find subspecies T. graeca ibera

Adult measure around 25 to 30 cm., while the weight can be over 4 kg. Age over 100 years, is documented for this tortoise.

Habitat: warm, dry, grassy areas with single, small bushes

Distribution: Balkan Peninsula, Sardinia, Sicily, Italy, Spain, eastern and south-eastern Greece, Minor Asia, North Africa

PaulH, pvs, Argus, kjpweb, joey, eqshannon, uleko, haraprasan, Alex99, horia, JORAPAVI, fiyo, wuta, ramthakur, Necipp, boreocypriensis has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-22 5:20]

Hi Krzysztof,
interesting to see these wild Tortoises, we only ever see them here as pets in the UK. You've have got some great detail in their shells and i like the way they seem to be in mid conversation! I am sure you didn't need a fast shutter speed here ;o)

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-22 5:43]

Hi Krzysztof,

A very nice capture of these tortoises in the wild,well composed and detailed image,tfs


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-22 6:29]

Hello Krzysztof,
Nice to photograph these Spur-thighed Tortoises in the wild. You chose the best POV to show the carapaces and set these two in a fine composition.
Thanks for sharing this one,
best wishes, Ivan

Good one - the look a little bit like the Gopher tortoise we have here in Florida! Well done with great sharpness!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-22 6:48]

Hi Krzysztof,
we don't often see tortoises on TN so this is a lovely suprise :)
Very good capture of this pair.
The composition is exceptional!
Excellent sharpness and detail.
The DOF is superb!
A good POV as well.
Interesting notes!
Well done,

Gee whiz...do these things just come along while you are walking around? or are they belonging to someone? It is an unusual sight for me..I once had a box turtle which my father picked up from the middle of the road down in the SW US near Florida. He would have been run over...and dad was going to rele4ase him but we forgot and ended up taking it back home to Ohio. We kept it for the summer..but released it into the park after..I hope it survived.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-22 7:30]

Hello Krzysz,
Excellent capture of these two friends. I've seen them once in the wild in Turkey which was a very nice surprise. I don't know how common they're there. Very sharp details and a fine composition. Hopefully they're on the increase after last summer!
Many thanks, Ulla

Such a nice composition with good specimens Krzysztof, your POV and exposure are very succesful, good job.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-22 9:52]

Hi Krzysztof.
Your characters are so cute and your have reproduced them with great skill. I like superb details of the animals, excellent DOF and natural colours. It is a pity a little bit that framing on the left side is strong and cuts the part of animal. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 11:14]

Hi Krzysztof

The Balkans are really happy to host such a nice populations of land turtles and Romania is also a part of them (somewhat). I too had the chance of taking such trips - to the souther part ofthe country - and was able to see lots in the days i was there.
You came back with a very nice picture, too, of these two cute ones.
Very good details and natural colors that contrast well with the sandy soil under them.
Are they mates?
Well anyway, nice to see some summer images, too. Looking forward to the next season ;)

Bravo and TFS

Hola Krzysztof,
Bonita captura de este par de tortugas, excelente definición y detalle, magnífica la iluminación, buena nota informativa. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Chris,
A beautiful capture of this spur thighed tortoise. Excellent composition and details. Nice informative notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-01-23 2:16]

Hello Krzysztof,
Beautiful capture.I liked POV,lighting and composition a lot.TFS

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2008-01-23 10:40]

Hello Krzysztof , This shot is very nice and so complete well taken shot , goog in pov and a very fine details ,good job ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hi Krzysztof, lovely couple of turtles with splendid details and wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

It looks like these two are having an intimate chit-chat, Chris :-).
Very well composed shot that shows the patterns and colours on the shells of both the tortoises in precise details. The way they are looking at each other has also been deftly recorded in the shot.
TFS and cheers.

Hello Krzysztof, nice pov and good composition with sharp focus/DOF. tfs rgds Necip.

Hi Chris,
What a nice capture! I think these beatiful tortoises try to know each other:) All the best friend!

hello Krzysztof,
this could have been a better shot, there is a lot of scope in improving the composition, cutting the back part of the tortoise spoils the fun here,
tfs & regards

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-25 9:08]

Hello Krzysztof, very good shot of this encounter, lovely composition and great technique, thanks !


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-26 20:52]

Hello Krzysztof

They were a little slow at first but eventually they warmed to each other.LOL.
A very detailed shot of these tortoises.
The focus is sharp and the details are very good.


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