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Spectacled caiman

Spectacled caiman
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-28
Categories: Reptiles, Rain Forest
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-08 14:31
Viewed: 5707
Points: 60
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Spectacled caiman(young)
Caiman crocodilus

This time a beautiful young Spectacled caiman from the Yarapa River (a pristine tributary of the Amazon River in Peru), again from one of the night expeditions we took with the skiffs of our vessel.

*ID: Large, brown or olive-brown, often with wide black bars on body and tail; to 2m, although most are smaller. Spectacled refers to the bony ridges between the eyes; crocodiles lack these.

Habitat: Forests, in or near streams, swamps, ponds, lakes and rivers.

Region: Amazon Lowlands

Crocodilians are distributed over most tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world. 5 species are found in Peru, but the one most likely to be seen is the Spectacled Caiman, probably the most abundant crocodilian in the New World. This species is mid-sized, occasionally reaching a lenght of about 2.5 mt. Peru's caimans occupy inlland creeks, ponds, lakes and rivers.

Crocodilians often forage at night, when they can be seen on the surface of the water; their eyes reflect light when you shine a flashlight on them.

Many of the Latin American crocodilians were hunted heavily during the first half of the 20th century. Today only the Spectacled Caiman is hunted in large numbers, particularly in the Pantanal region of Brazil. All crocodilians are listed by the international CITES agreements, preventing or highly regulating trade,and their numbers have been steadily rising during the past 20 years. Nevertheless, most of the 22 crocodilian species are still threatened or endangered.

Traveller's Wildlife Guides- Peru
by David L. Pearson and Les Beletsky

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selen Hanım nefis bir porte çalışması olmuş. Elinize sağlık. Siyah zemin konuyu ön plana çıkarmış. Detaylar da harika. En çok da güçlü gözlerine vuruldum. Anlaşılan sandığı doldurarak döndünüz:) Elinize sağlık. İyi geceler.


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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-06-08 14:38]

Hola Selen, muy bonito e impactante este primer plano, nitido y con buena luz. Un saludo

Spettacolare ritratto, composizione di grande impatto visivo, eccellente nitidezza, bellissimi anche i riflessi creati dal flash, colori splendenti. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello Selen,

Nice portrait from this animal.
Beatiful the eyes.
Exellent BG and sharpness.
Well done,


This is incredible lighting Selen.For that focal length the clarity turned out perfect.The eye is very well seen.
I enjoy this presentation.The details on the skin look as if I am seeing this live.
A nice week to you.

Hello Selen,
Oh!! that is what I said when the photo loaded on the screen. Superb impact you have created with the dark BG and lighting and sharpness. The close crop composition adds to make this a great shot.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-08 23:21]

Hi Selen

Superb portrait of this caiman. Great detail and use of flash - wonderful detail in the eye. Great work.


Great shot with nice POV and excellent colours. Very good sharpness and details.
Best wishes,

çok güzel bir çekim olmuş selen eline saglık.

Very cool Selen,
Great impact against the jet black night BG..
Very sharp "toothy" details, and that eye is simply amazing :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-09 2:28]

Hello Selen, Hmm. Terrific shot with superb eye catch. Focus is spot on and I can see a line inside the vision. Composition and sharpness is just beautiful. Ganesh

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-09 2:37]

Merhaba Selen Hanım,
Kadrajı,netliği,detayları,ışık kullanımı ve kontrastıyla mükemmel bir portre.Gözler çok etkileyici.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-09 8:35]

Excellent shot from your travels!
Superb use of flash to keep the image sharp and enhance that golden eye.
Stunning clarity and brilliant details.
Well composed too.

Looking forward to more!


Dear Selen
very intersting spieces to soot,
Perfect details,use of flash and BG.Hope you had fun in the journey.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-09 9:38]

Hi Selen
A great close up of this young Caiman, which you have captured with sharp focusing and fine detail . good use of the light . Rich but natural colours. I like the dark BG. well done TFS.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-06-09 12:54]

Salut Selen
Très belle Capture, excellente couleurs et netteté, très bonne gestion de la luminosité au flash, beau sujet, bravo
Amicalement Robi

Hi Selen,

Excellent close-up capture of this young Spectacled Caiman with good pose and composition, sharp details and great natural colours.



The details in this are just stunning, amazing colours, and as for that eye its just wonderful, beautiful work Selen, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Merhaba my friend,
will see many more outstanding images from Peru!
this is another great shot with superb closeness!
the image is sharp with awesome lighting and amazing details
well done
many thanks for the sharing

Hi Selen,
I-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e!!!! Deatils and sharpnes are really superb. A greeeaaat photo, 10 points

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-09 22:21]

Hi Selene,
This must have been one of the most enjoyable you have undertaken, for i admire the kind of posts you have come back with from your trip.What a wonderful capture...this like a dreamy subject almost smiling away...the golden glow in the iris is amazing and the details are splendid.Those teeth and the curvatures on the mouth are quite interesting a study.Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-10 6:17]

Hi Selen,
Wonderful close-up portrait shot of this croc with immaculate sharpness and clarity. Great use of flash lighting has brought about some interesting details and that glowing eye looks scary. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-11 13:33]

merhaba selen hanim
ben de neden fotograflariniz yok diyordum megerse ne guzel bir yerdeymissiniz
nefis bir detay calismasi olmus
eline saglik

very nice night photo! well focused, nice sharpness and composition

merhaba Selen hanım,
birkaç gecikmeyle de olsa bu güzel çekimi görebildim. Amazonlardan zengin bir sandıkla döndüğünüz kesin. siyah fonda çok çok güzel olmuş. özellikle göz detayları nefis. harika bir portre çalışması. elinize sağlık, selamlar.

Merhaba Selen hanim..Resimleriniz harika ama bunu gercekten harika buldum.. Korkunc guzel bir resim, goruntu, renk ve detaylar harika...Saygilar, selamlar...Leyla

Gerçekten çok etkileyici bir porte olmuş. Elinize sağlık Selen Hanım.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-06-20 5:12]

Hi Selen

I love reptiles too much not to pick this out of all the beautiful shots i've missed from you recently :))
This is an outstanding portrait, in which some of the distinctive features of this caiman really stand out.
The details are impeccable and the texture on the skin and especially that eye is fantastic!
Excellent side POV and good flash management, too!

Bravo and TFS

Nice shot. the eye looks so lovely and dynamic. Stands out well against the dark bg.

And this time a perfect close-up and portrait of much more "terrible" species ;> I like fantastic details and great control of DOF - details and light are very good!
I am also a little surprised because I see that you used a field guide written by David Pearson from USA, my colleague, and specialist in Cicindelidae! I had no idea that he is an author of wildfile guides too :)
Best greetings from Lodz!

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