Red-Footed Tortoise

Red-Footed Tortoise, Saint BarthelemyHere’s another one of the red-footed tortoises that I saw on St Barths. Unlike the previous wide angle shot, for this one, I used my long lens and caught the tortoise as it slowly moved across a shaded area of the sand.
Nikon D500 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 280mm) ISO 400, f/4 at 1/1000th of a second

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  1. Rick Derevan March 9, 2017 at 11:42 pm #

    One foot up! And you got so low . . . .

    • Sean Crane March 10, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      Hey Rick, yes, I was hoping to see a little daylight between the underside of the turtle. Lens was on the ground. Good thing about the tortoise, they don’t move very fast.

  2. Susan Rubeo March 10, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    Looks to be moving along rapidly on sand
    So many never make it to their destinations safely
    Sean were you crawling along with him for this shot ,another great capture of intense movement

    Aunt Sue

    • Sean Crane March 10, 2017 at 10:46 am #

      Hi Aunt Sue, yes, I was down on the ground, with my camera resting on the sand. For a tortoise, this guy was a bit quicker than expected, but still a tortoise.

  3. Karen March 10, 2017 at 8:51 am #

    One of my all time favorite animals! Love these gentle creatures and the image does them justice.

    • Sean Crane March 10, 2017 at 10:47 am #

      Thanks Karen. Me too. Very sweet animals.

  4. Peter Butterfield March 10, 2017 at 11:23 am #

    —– Though running top speed
    —– The head as a hawk keeps focus
    —– Quite steady as she goes .

  5. michael huber March 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    great pic. I am thinking about getting a turle or toris for a pet what do think.? )