My, What Big Claws You Have!

During my frequent kayak trips in my area, I almost always come across Red-eared Sliders (Chrysemys scripta elegans), either sunning on a downed log in the creek, or poking their heads out of the water to take a look at me. Normally, it is a bit difficult to approach them as they sun, but sitting still in the kayak represents a great opportunity to capture images of one emerging from the water to sun:

Red-eared Slider

Red-eared Slider

Red-eared Slider

Red-eared Slider

One would think it would be hard to bring that rigid body out of the water … but take a good look at the claws on this colorful turtle! Besides the nice, sharp claws, the turtle has might strong muscles in the legs, making him capable of hauling out on a sunny day.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm, f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens, with Canon 1.4x TC, shot at 540mm (all photos)
  • Handheld, with IS “On”, from a kayak
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/9
  • Shutter 1/640 sec.

 

 

 

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Posted in 2009, 2015, Nature Photography, Photography from a kayak, Reptiles and Amphibians
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