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Common Box Turtle, close up
Lens: Sigma 135-400 APO Camera: Pentax KP Photo Location: Yard ISO: 1250 Shutter Speed: 1/80s Aperture: F8 
Posted By: MikeNArk, 05-19-2022, 05:57 PM

This nice sized box turtle was foraging in our backyard yesterday. Took a few photos. Three images attached.

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05-19-2022, 08:52 PM   #2
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Looks like you might be mistaken about who owns the backyard.
That turtle obviously wonders what you think you are doing in his place of business.
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Thanks Angky. Box turtles do have a territory that they traverse. I've read that they shouldn't be moved out of their territory. They seem to get lost and search for it endlessly.
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Nice trio, Mike.

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Nice trio, Mike.

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Thanks Jer. Haven't seen many of these in the yard lately.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
This nice sized box turtle was foraging in our backyard yesterday. Took a few photos. Three images attached.
Great shots of the turtles moving in the grass,They are also very sharp.
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Great shots of the turtles moving in the grass,They are also very sharp.
Thanks much. You don't get much motion blur when you photo box turtles. This one seemed to pause for photo ops. It must have been used to people, as it never attempted to close up in its shell.

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Interesting. I particularly liked the second shot, by the way. Pretty good work with a telephoto lens. Here's one I did with a macro lens; you'll notice that "common box turtle" seems to mean something different in Virginia from that of Arkansas. I wonder if they're the same but superficially different, morphologically, or are they different subspecies?
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Nicely captured wildlife subjects. I hate shooting turtles because none of my gear possesses shutter speeds fast enough to avoid motion blur. Speedy little devils. )). Great work.

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Lovely pics of those wonderful little animals. The Box Turtle.
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Interesting. I particularly liked the second shot, by the way. Pretty good work with a telephoto lens. Here's one I did with a macro lens; you'll notice that "common box turtle" seems to mean something different in Virginia from that of Arkansas. I wonder if they're the same but superficially different, morphologically, or are they different subspecies?
Thanks for nice comments and image. Just looking at images on the net, your shot appears to be of an Eastern Box Turtle. I did not look at this turtle close enough to tell if was a three toed box turtle. We seem to have more than one type around here, but not the one in your photo.

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Nicely captured wildlife subjects. I hate shooting turtles because none of my gear possesses shutter speeds fast enough to avoid motion blur. Speedy little devils. )). Great work.

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Thanks for you comments, Tony. They are blazing fast aren't they😁. Most of my motion blur with box turtles is self inflicted.

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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Lovely pics of those wonderful little animals. The Box Turtle.
Thanks for commenting. They are pretty nice to see around.
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