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Galapagos Tortoise

Galapagos Tortoise
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Direitos de Autor: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Género: Pessoas
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2005-12-29
Categorias: Vida Diária, Natureza
Câmara: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF28-300 XR
Exposição: f/7.1, 1/160 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Tema(s): Zoo Photography [view contributor(s)]
Data de Submissão: 2006-08-25 2:04
Visto: 2247
Pontos: 28
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Galapagos Tortoise
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This Galapagos Tortoise lives at the Auckland Zoo. From the look of his face he has been eating grass. His skin looks so dry I would love to rub some moisturiser into it! As we watched him he walked very slowly down the hill to the mud pond.

The Galapagos Islands are named for the 250,000 giant tortoises that lived on the islands - "galapago" in Spanish means saddle and refers to the tortoise shell. Today, only 15,000 of these giants are left.

There were 15 subspecies, although only 11 still exist today. They have become extinct because of over hunting, and the introduction of goats, pigs, dogs and other animals that trample or eat the tortoise eggs and compete for food.

In the wild, Galapagos tortoises are losing their habitat, and are threatened by fire and introduced predators like feral dogs and pigs. Increasingly, they have to compete with other animals for food. Originally they had no need for speed, as they had no natural predators at home.


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aaaa, so nice!!
Love the light on her face:))and she's smiling:)

Points later,

Hi Janice!

Very cute photo. I like the composition and the narrow DOF. Nice clarity and details. TFS


Awesome detail.. I find these guys are always so photogenic.....like the angle as well, well done ...

hi! janice great shot... clear and sharp... great portrait... well done.. thanks for sharing (",)

Hi Janice,
Thank you for the great note. The photo is well framed with perfect focus area. TFS..

thank yu Janice, now I dont feel so old and wrinkly.If this one is in the Ak Zoo have you any idea how old he is? From the size of him you wouldnt want to be where he wanted to go, thanks for this

He/she is a beauty Janice and is looking straight into the camera.
Well caught! TFS,

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-08-25 6:58]

Hi Janice,

This is a very nice close-up on this tortoise. I like this thight cropping, with great lighting and sharpness, this create an excellent composition. Very well done.

hi janice!
great portrait of this turtle, great sharpness.
thanks for this note and share.

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-08-25 11:58]

Cute fella Jancie.. love the grass on his face.. good crop, he really looks like he is coming to meet us, hope I get to see him when we go on the night trip...or will he be asleep..

Cheers Dawn.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-08-25 15:09]

How old was he?
Great close up & portrait with great light, colors, details & sharpness & what a sad news about them. I'm really sorry.
Thanks for sharing.

Well captured Janice. Excellent colour and definition and interesting notes. Steve Irwan the crocodile hunter had one in his zoo. I say had because it died recently. It was supposedly one captured ny Charles Darwin and reputed to be around 170 years old. TFS,
Many thanks for your comment on
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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2006-08-27 10:53]
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Beautiful, prehistoric looking creatures they are, Janice... Excellent capture, I love the compo. It's quite obvious he/she had been eating recently ;o)).
Btw, how is your 300D ?

Hallo Janice
This guy has been eating like a pig
his face is full of grass
Very nice photo
Best regards sotirios

Superb POV Janice . Did you crawl on the ground to get this one ? Another great close-up. Narrow DOF perfectly focused on her face. And the best , she is looking at you with a smile.
Well done!

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