Archive for December 2nd, 2012

Snapping Turtle_1289


One from back in the summer during a visit to the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo. I see Common Snapping Turtles frequently during my travels and equally so when snorkeling in Horseshoe Lake near Parry Sound, Ontario but they never put on a show like this. This fella was not too impressed with me standing beside his large aquarium, and put on this threatening display to scare me off as he swam towards me. I was using my Nikon D800 with a 105 macro lens and a rubber lens hood attached to avoid scratching the aquarium’s glass. I then positioned the lens up to and parallel to the glass and was able to fire off two frames before the turtle closed its mouth.

While the turtle’s one eye is slightly out-of-focus I still think the gaping mouth makes this image work. What do you think? Do remember to click on the image to see the much larger version.

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