Swimming Not Recommended (V)

DECEMBER 2011 – A crocodile enters the water of the Cuando river at the Chobe National Park in Botsuana. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

This image concludes the mini-series showing crocodiles in their natural habitat, aka places where swimming is not recommended.

This time we were on an afternoon excursion on the river Cuando at the Chobe National Park in Botsuana. It’s a pleasant tour, as you can gaze into the sun and enjoy the peaceful scenes on the islands and at the shore. Peaceful? Peaceful?

Er, no. When we were really close to the shore, a huge crocodile launched into the water right next to our boat. It kept staring at us just as if to say: “Maybe they get in trouble and their boat sinks. Then it’ll be a wonderful dinner tonight.” (Insert wry smile here.)

I deliberately placed the metal railing into the frame to highlight how close we were to this terrifying animal. Another indication for the proximity is that I used a focal length of just 120 mm, which translates to about 160 mm on a full frame body.

1:1 crop of a crocodile head. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time07-DEC-2011, 16:17
LocationChobe National Park, Botsuana
CameraCanon EOS-1D Mark III
LensCanon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure1/500 sec at f/5.6
Digital Image Source FormatCanon Camera RAW (CR2)
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3888 x 2592 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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