Chobe National Park, Botswana. 2009 II by Damienne Bingham

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A crocodile sun-bathing on the banks of the Chobe river.

It is a common misconception that crocodiles open their mouths in a ‘smile’ like this as a show of aggression: however, this is actually the way they regulate their body temperature to keep cool. And yes, this one certainly does look like it’s smiling for the camera!

Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus)
Chobe National Park, Botswana. 2009

Canon EOS 400D
Canon 70-300mm
f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 100, 140mm

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I am a freelance photographer originally from Brisbane, Australia, and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa.

I enjoy many forms of photography – with a particular interest in travel and nature photography. This diversity can be seen in the range of genres and styles in my portfolio

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  • Edyta Magdalena Pelc
    Edyta Magdalen...about 4 years ago

    great shot!

  • Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenabout 4 years ago

    ooo, look at the evil green light in it’s eye. Not an animal to mess with. Excellent details Damienne.:)

  • Thanks Ann! Those eyes get me too – so prehistoric and intense looking!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • marella
    marellaabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent – (thank goodness for zoomlenses – wouldnt go close to that beast!!) Great work!

  • Thanks Marella! And yeah tell me about, although I was still only maybe 3 metres away (on a boat). My boyfriend saw this photo and said that although it was a good photo he was not happy with the idea of me being that close! haha!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    Oh wow, you did hit the jackpot with these guys, Damienne!! Fabulous.

  • Thanks again Wendi, I really appreciate all your kind comments – thanks for taking the time!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • olehippy13
    olehippy13about 4 years ago

    WOW……that dude is scary looking….but a fantastic shot….

  • I know right? Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 4 years ago

    wow. its like you see right through his eye , and see the green grass!!

  • Wow you’re right, it’s practically the same colour!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture! His eyes look like chrome!

  • Thank you Sandra, glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • rasim1
    rasim1about 4 years ago

    The teeth of the dead! Well done.

  • Thanks!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • starlite811
    starlite811about 4 years ago

    Marvelous capture, excellent color, nice sharp focus. He is scary looking.

  • Thank you very much! He is scary looking, I know, but I kind of got carried away while I was photographing him, and he was actually very kind of slow and relaxed – though not sure this was the most welcoming behaviour he was showing right now!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful close-up and excellent detail Damienne. Very well captured indeed.

  • Thank you Ralph, I’m very glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

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