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Reptile - TUATARA

Reptile - TUATARA
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-15
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bayram's Favorites-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-13 2:58
Viewed: 4802
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Scientific Name: Sphenodon punctatus

The Tuatara
is an endangered species of reptile and I photographed this one through a glass window at the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand.

Some people think that the Tuatara is a cute creature and others just consider this reptile to be creepy.

The Tuatara is an ancient species of reptile and is the last surviving member of their particular group.

Throughout New Zealand, the numbers of Tuatara have diminished substantially and they are on now on the endangered species list.

The rate that the Tuatara breeds is an extremely slow process and they are not able to keep up the birth rate compared to the amount of deaths.

The natural habitat of the Tuatara is the forest land of New Zealand where it feeds on small birds and insects. They like to reside in damp dark holes especially in the hottest time of the day as they are not very receptive to the heat.

The Auckland Zoo is home to a few different types of Tuatara and they seem to be successfully breeding them and returning a few of each species of reptile to its home in the wilderness. Hopefully this will keep the Tuatara around for many years to come so they can be viewed by generations to come.

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Hi Janice
Lovely capture with a nice glint in this fellow's eye and good note.

I wonder Janice...do these creatures act completely out of instinct? Are these the kind of creatures which have very small areas which we call a brain...hence as science thinks no room for intellect of any kind..although science still studies these things at quite some length.

Very well overall portrait of this particular species...Fine lighting. They are similar to blackbirds...unless there is a sheen, it is hard to put any drama into the colour, but that is no fault of photography..it is a part of nature:-)

Hello Janice,

Very nice portrait of this reptile. Good pose of the animal. Good sharpness. Nice contrast against the background.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2008-05-13 9:30]

Hello dear Janice,
You offer us an impressive portrait for this strange animal.
The "+++" : composition, great subject, POV, sharpness, DOF, exposure, instructive complementary note...
The "-" : distracting lines in BG...
Congratulations and kia ora,

Hello Janice!
Maybe I do not comment too many of your pictures, ut I really like to watch them. This picture is also very interesting.
I like: nice POV (very good profile & close-up), interesting colouration (almost black!), good details and DOF, clarity, and composition. And of course an interesting note.
TFS this unique presentation!
Pozdrowienia z Polski! ;)

A lovely shot, Janice.I do fall ion the category that finds these creepy..But I also realise the importance of these reptiles in the chain of things..
I do wonder though, the slow reproductive cycle, there has to be a reason why that's happened, right?
Thanks for sharing this shot,and the wonderful note, janice!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-13 20:14]

Hi Janice

A fine capture of this very interesting reptile. I just don't know where to fit it into my series of themes on reptiles as it is not a lizard, but a family on its own. I presume this must be its standard, non-breeding colours as other photos I have seen of the same species showed it with rather brightish yellow colours on the head and neck with a black bar running through the eye and down the neck.

I like the POV and the composition is great. Excellent details shown as well.

Good work and TFS.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-14 1:23]

Hello Janice,
The capture is very nice and I like the staring eye catch. The focus is pretty spot on and supported by good note. Well done TFS Ganesh

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-14 8:12]

Hi Janice,
What a face,looks like a cartoon film character:)I liked expression on face a lot.I can see you in this fellow's eye.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Janice,

I have never seen such a animal like this. Yes, of course on Discovery Channel or Animal Planet, but this is a fine capture of this very interesting reptile. And that taken by a photographer of TN. Chapeau. I like the POV. The composition is great. DOF and BG are oké. Great eyecontact. Thanks for sharing and your interesting notes. Greetings and TFS Bob

Great looking reptile Janice, nice results even through the glass.
Very good exposure, details, POV, and DOF - Well composed.
A reminder that I need to get my butt out to a zoo, we have some great ones here..
Well done mf,

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-05-16 18:50]

Hola Janice.
Hermosa postal. Muy bella la captura de este reptil. Su mirada es muy tierna y atenta a Tu camara. Interesante la nota.

Hello Janice
I have just now this great capture of this living fossil, which I teach it my students in vertebrate biology lesson. It represents one of four orders of Reptilia, but up to now I have not seen. The post also great with focus, nice details, especially on eye, POV and composition. It is a great portraite of famous Tuatara. Thanks. best wishes

Hi Janice, what a beauty! wowww... perfect shot of this unique and prehistoric relict. I love this shot my friend! Sorry I missed this. Great potrait! TFS.


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