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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/7.8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Turtles - Tortugas - Tortues, Reptiles of Africa, Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-14 10:11
Viewed: 5244
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today another reptile picture from my (entomological ;>) trip to Morocco.

This is Spanish Terrapin - Mauremys leprosa Schweigger, 1812 (Geoemydidae).

Distribution: in Europea: Spain and Portugal and some sites in neighbouring Mediterranean France, in N Africa from Morocco to Lybia.

Habitat: streams and rivers, in Morocco this species is really common :>

Body size: up to 25cm

Food: fish, amphibians, aquatic invertebrates, also fruits and water plants

Taxonomical note: not so long ago it was classified as subspecies of Mauremys caspica

Picture was taken in Gorges of Zegzel, Beni-Snassen Mts., near Berkane, the distance from my camera to the object was only some 15cm :>

If you like turtles, terrapins and tortoises, please feel free to look also here and here :>

Argus, nglen, maurydv, Noisette, boreocypriensis, cataclysta, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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To Noisette: thank you :)cicindela 1 05-15 16:15
To horia: Moroccan trip :>cicindela 1 05-15 14:14
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Ciao Radomir, great capture of lovely turtle, good details and excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir,
Slight confusion here I'm afraid.
An insect usually has six legs and a segmented body of head thorax and abdomen.
This is clearly not an insect.
It looks more to like some exotic kind of bird of paradise,or perhaps a butterfly.
Cheers & thanks for sharing.
In any case,it is most colourful and attractive.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-05-14 11:06]

Hallo Radomir !
Wspaniały makro.
Piękne kolory i kontrast im.
Opis przewidziane jest interesujące.
Dobra noc,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-14 11:10]

Hello Radomir,
A great close portrait of a Spanish Terrapin taken from a fine lateral POV with excellent sharpness and lighting. A new species for me and I thank you for posting this,
Best regards,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-05-14 11:55]

Hi Radomir . This is a fine close up of the Spanish Terrapin . It looks a fine looking animal. Which you have take with a good low POV so we can see the full details and natural colours. I looks a strong one. well done TFS.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-05-14 12:06]

Hi Radomir,
what a great find! Great close shot of this impressive looking Terrin, with excellent details and sharpness, well done.

Hello Radomir,
a splendid picture of Spanish Terrapin, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours in a nice composition.
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-05-15 2:43]

Hi Rado,another lucky capture from your moroccan trip,very nice and interesting specie,i can't believe to see turtles live free....no comment about the quality of yur pic always at the top! My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-15 13:48]
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Hi Radek

I see you've been traveling, my fiend! :)
I hope your tip was successful and i see you've come back with some lovely shots from there.
This is a subject we rarely see photos of in general and, even more rare, this interesting species - Mauremys leprosa.
Your side POV shows its details nicely and the fill-in flash brings some extra light and colors in the desired places.
Well captured and presented.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Radomir
first, thanks for your kind words on my " cabbage bug " shot
you have an impessive galerie and each post is a masterpiece, you are a very great photographer especially od Insects

beautiful shot of this turtle taken with a nice pose and superb sharpness
Have a nice WE

Hi MF Radek,
An awesome capture of this beautiful Spanish beauty from nice POV with excellent details and and fine composition, as usual.
Greetings from London!

Czesc Radziu
Kolejny fajny zwierzak. Fotka ostra, ladnie skomponowana a glowny obiekt ustrzelony w naturalnym otoczeniu

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-17 9:36]

Hi Radomir.
I have never seen turtles in wild. However, I traveled very seldom. It is really amazing species and specimen. Its colouration is unusual (for me) and fine. I like framing of the scene a lot and great (as usual) details of the animal and entire scene. Well done and my kind regards.

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