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Lorraine Boyd
Delmar, New York
03:13 pm

Equipment Details:

D500 with nikon 600 f/4 lens & 1.4x teleconverter

Post-processing Details:

Remove a bit of shadow & slight enhance

Image Details:

I had just stopped at a large pond at Five Rivers, when I captured a pair of Snapping Turtles mating! I did research to confirm that it was what I saw, & it's said that their courtship is rarely observed. Mating takes place in the water. The female lays 20-40 ping pong ball sized eggs. Unfortunately as many as 90% of snapping turtles nests are destroyed by predators. I feel fortunate to have witnessed such nature in the making.