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Chitwan safari - 5

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: Helen : (Helen is photographing in, Australia) on 26 July 2014 in Animal & Insect.

Soon it was time to leave the jeep and settle into into a dugout canoe once again. We pushed off and glid peacefully in the glimmer of sun that had broken through the clouds and smoke haze. I enjoyed the bird calls and scanning the river banks as we navigated down river through the floating plants.

We approached a bend in the river and suddenly on the left-hand side of the canoe we saw the prehistoric shape of an enormous crocodile looming over us as we skirted around the bank. I was informed it was a 'Mugger crocodile'. The name instantly conjured up visions of us being 'mugged' as we floated down the river, but Wikipedia states that the "name "mugger" is a borrowing of Hindi magar. This is in turn derived from Sanskrit makara "crocodile; mythical water monster; sign of the zodiac".

At around 4 metres long this crocodile reminded me of the extremely dangerous Australian Salt-water crocodile. Happily this crocodile was not interested in us floating quietly (very, very quietly!!!) past its resting place.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/200 second F/4.0 ISO 100 200 mm

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omid from mashhad, Iran

W O N D E R F U L !

26 Jul 2014 8:56am

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Spectacular shot! Very impressive.

26 Jul 2014 10:42pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great close up, nice shot !

27 Jul 2014 1:40am

Langevine from Angers, France

oh qu'il est superbe

27 Jul 2014 6:38am

Devi from Chennai, India

Brilliant closeup !!!! Bravo!!!

28 Jul 2014 11:25am

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