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Tiene hambre? Are you hungry?

Debo advertirles que la selección de fotos que siguen pueden ser un poco crueles, entonces, si no quieren ver a una serpiente comiéndose una rana, no miren la publicación. Pero esperen la siguiente! Les prometo algo diferente! Y recuerden subscribirse a las alertas RSS, para que no se les pase ni una publicación!

I should warn you that the selections of photos that follow might be a little cruel, so if you don’t want to see a snake eating a frog, don’t look at this post. But wait for the next one! I promise something different! And remember to subscribe to RSS feed so you don’t miss a single post!

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Permitame presentarles a la culebra Lora (Leptophif Depressirostris). No es una culebra venenosa pero tiene colmillos fijos que provocan mordeduras doloras e infecciones. El pasado viernes 8 de mayo esta amiga andaba con MUCHA hambre. Le costó conseguir la comida (primero la vimos intentando a eso del medio día) pero a eso de las 5pm finalmente lo logró. Una rana fue la sacrificada. Mi amigo Chicho vio la cacería, y corrió a buscarme para que yo pudiera presenciar (y por supuesto fotografiar) semejante ejemplo de interacción en la cadena alimenticia.

Pasamos una hora completa observando el evento (yo sé, parece morboso pero la verdad es que fue impresionante). Por los primeros 20 minutos la pobre rana luchó, pero al final, no había nada que hacer y fue vencida y consumida por nuestra amiga la Lora.

Todas las fotos fueron tomadas con un lente 70-200mm y el extender 1.4x.  Las condiciones de luz eran muy bajas, entonces tuve que trabajar con grandes aperturas para poder tener velocidades decentes. Al principio sólo usé flash de relleno, pero a medida que avanzaba la noche tuve que usar el flash como luz principal, lo que también ayudó a tener mejor apertura y velocidad.

No estoy muy segura de que las fotos sean “de premio”, pero por lo menos les puedo asegurar que la secuencia es entretenida! Espero disfruten y me cuenten qué les pareció!

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Let me introduce you to the Satiny Parrot Snake (Leptophif Depressirostris). It is not a poisonous snake but it has fixed fangs that can cause painfull bites and infections. Last Friday May 8th this one was VERY hungry. It was hard to find food (we first saw it trying around noon) but around 5pm it finally got it. A frog was the one sacrificed. My friend Chicho saw it happening and ran looking for me to go see it (and of course photograph it). It was an impressive example of the interactions in the food chain.

We spent one hour watching the event (I know, it sounds very morbid, but the truth is that it was very interesting). The first 20 minutes the frog stragled to release itself, but at the end there was nothing to do and it became snake’s food.

All the photos were taken with my 70-200mm lens and the 1.4x extender on it. The light conditions were really bad, so I had to use open apertures and very fast enough speeds. At the beginning I only used fill flash, but as the night drop I had to use the flash as the main light, which helped me improve the aperture and speed as well.

I am not sure this are “award winning” photographs, but I can guarantee that the sequence is very entertaining! I hope you enjoy it and I will be waiting to hear what you think of it!

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

U Indiana Photo-Geo Tour

3 Responses

  1. Brano says:

    Hi Mo!

    It’s great, I like your style very much!
    I have one question: Here in Slovakia when I go to the forest I must be extremely lucky to see such a performance – I experienced in only once when I was young with different specie of snake and frog of course and since the frog was very strong it managed several times to release from snake’s mouth. In Costa Rica is it easy to meet and watch so many wildlife I can see in your pics?

    Thanks,

    Brano

  2. mqcphoto says:

    Hi Brano 🙂
    Well, here in CR it all depends on how much you know or how much the people with you knows about nature, you could more or less easily find this kinds of events if you visit the right places with the right people, people that can understand nature’s language, and that is what I do, like you read on the story, my friend Chicho found the snake, and that is because he could read on uncommon noises that something was happening… When you come visit, I will make sure that I take you visit the right places with the right people… 😉

  3. Luis Arturo says:

    Monica.

    Excelentes, si no son de premio, fijo de portada, sueño con lograr fotos de esta calidad, este es el premio a la cosntancia, porque de otra forma no creo que sea facil tirar este tipo de fotos, la secuencia muy ilustrativa y maxime con la necesidad de luz por las condiciones y el momento.

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