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p.1 #1 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


So we followed a leopard for over 2 hours until it climbs up a tree only to eventually lay down and go to sleep. But as we were watching it our guide asks how we feel about snakes. Now I did not think was an existential question and I had a feeling he was just putting out a feeler. My wife says, "not so much" but I am thinking, whoa, a Rock Python, Black Mamba, Cobra something slithery and deadly is nearby and I am going to get great shots or die trying...come on, I've seen Austin Stevens go face to fang with some pretty ornery serpents.
So after convincing the guide I was ok with them and I ask why do you ask...he says, well there's one right in front and looking right at us! Alright, its not a mamba, its not even venomous; its not a python, its not even a constrictor...but it is a snake a very pretty 2 1/2' one at that was on the tree slightly above eye level just about 6 feet away waiting for a lizard or frog or something to come along. I don't remember the ID of the snake but its method of dispatching prey is just to lunge out and catch it in its mouth and swallow it. I had hoped to catch a quick tongue flick but for the 15 minutes it "hung" around not so much as a nibble of the air.
I had my 300mm lens on the 1Dx and had to back up to minimum focus distance to get a clear head shot.
Eric

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Nov 10, 2012 at 06:01 AM
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p.1 #2 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Another very nice kitty shot Eric. I like the snake too - great eyes ~ Ron


Nov 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM
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p.1 #3 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Nice Eric. 2nd snake shot shows its patient hunting behavior well.


Nov 10, 2012 at 03:09 PM
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p.1 #4 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Pretty kitty Eric, but I really dig the snake. What a cool pose he has waiting for dinner.

Rob



Nov 10, 2012 at 03:58 PM
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p.1 #5 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Cool twofer Eric. Looks like you got in close to the base of the tree, and your cat looks quite calm. Your very nice images of the mystery diversion snake is a Spotted Bush Snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus)

Jim



Nov 10, 2012 at 03:59 PM
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p.1 #6 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Wonderful shots Eric. One is just plain gorgeous,so relaxed looking. Love the second snake shot.

Birdie



Nov 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
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p.1 #7 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Hi Eric,

Iíve had that wonderful experience of being told there is a snake looking at me. In my case it was my wife warning me to look up slowly and when I did there was a pigmy rattler about 6 inches from my eyes. I backed up slowly and took a photo before freaking.

The cat is sweet; the first 2 of the snake are well done.

Morris



Nov 10, 2012 at 04:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Snake shots are cool but I still like the diversion the best. Hard to compete with leopard.



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p.1 #9 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


very nice images Eric


Nov 10, 2012 at 05:42 PM
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p.1 #10 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


LOVE the story, Eric. And the photographs .
Great leopard image.
Really unique snake shots. A python that isn't a constrictor? A new concept to me, although it makes sense- not much point trying to suffocate insects (exoskeletons). And small lizards and frogs? Grabbing them with its mouth makes sense.
And those outsized eyes indicate that the snake is a visual hunter- so no need to "taste" the air all the time with a flickering tongue.
You did justice to the little beauty- these are well-done images.
Charlie



Nov 10, 2012 at 06:03 PM
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p.1 #11 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


What a combination -- there is always more going on in the scene if you just know where to look, isn't there? You did a great job capturing the snake. (OK, the leopard is nice too. )
Mark



Nov 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM
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p.1 #12 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


The snake shots make my neck hurt! I do like the cartoony eyes he has. I wasn't expecting this kind of serpent Eric but maybe if it was something a bit more exciting we wouldn't be hearing from you anymore I like Mr Spots up the tree, he sure looks comfy. Great work on both of them

Tim



Nov 11, 2012 at 06:49 PM
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p.1 #13 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Snake shot is awesome Eric!


Nov 11, 2012 at 07:03 PM
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p.1 #14 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


First three for me, Eric and I really enjoyed the story.
Chris



Nov 11, 2012 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #15 · Who's watching whom?(Ed...this one's not for you!)


Great read, and sweet shots

Howard



Nov 11, 2012 at 10:25 PM





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