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Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) lying with its jaws wide open
Caption: Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) lying with its jaws wide open on riverbank, Ndumo Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Crocodiles can often be seen lying with their mouths open as in the picture above. They do this to release heat and cool their bodies as they have no sweat glands.  © Scotch Macaskill

Camera: Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel) ; Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephto Zoom; Focal Length: 275mm; Shutter speed: 1/640; Aperture: f8; ISO: 400

Location: Ndumo Game Reserve is situated in the northern part of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, close to the Mozambique border. Covering about 9 000 hectares, the reserve is renowned for its exceptional bird life and boasts the the highest bird count in South Africa with some 430 species.

Visitors to Ndumo can take guided game drives around Nyamithi Pan, an attractive pan fringed with pale fever trees and reedbeds where they can expect to see numerous water birds and large numbers of crocodiles lying on the banks.

The reserve is covered in a mix of vegetation, including acacia savannah, riverine bush, and sand forests, offering additional opportunities to view and photograph the resident wildlife.

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