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Red-headed Rock Agama

Red-headed Rock Agama
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Copyright: Sujoy Bhawal (sujoybhawal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 406] (2181)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-12-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 1000D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-09-10 5:13
Viewed: 4425
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture has been taken at Masai Mara. Hope you like it.

An agama is any one of the various small, long-tailed, insect-eating lizards of the genus Agama. The agamid genus is composed of at least 37 species across Africa, where they are the most common lizard. They can be found in many sizes, from 12.5 to 30 cm (5 in. to 1 ft.) in length and a wide variety of colours. One of the best known species is the Agama agama), widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. For Eurasian agamas, see the genus Laudakia.

Agamas originally lived in forest and bush across Africa, but have since adapted to live in villages and compounds where their habitat has been cleared. They live inside the thatch of huts and other small spaces, emerging only to feed. If caught out in the open, agamas are able to run quickly on their hind legs to reach shelter. The desert agama can still be found in the dry areas of North Africa. Despite their name, they avoid bare sand.

Agamas are active during the day and are often found scampering around to snatch up their favorite foods. They can tolerate greater temperatures than most reptiles, but in the afternoon when temperatures reach around 38°C (100°F) they will settle into the shade and wait for it to cool. Frequent fighting breaks out between males; such fighting involves a lot of bobbing and weaving in an attempt to scare the opponent. If it comes to blows, they lash out with their tails and threaten each other with open jaws. Many older males have broken tails as a result of such fights. Females may sometimes chase and fight one another, while hatchlings mimic the adults in preparation for their future.

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Hi Sujoy, my neighbour!
What a beautiful Agama from Kenya!
The picture is razor sharp with super colours on the subject. The reddish brown rock makes an apt and natural background.
Thanks for sharing the picture.

Hallo Sujoy
What a strikingly beautiful agama this is. The colours of its body is vivid and displays beautifully against the stone it is lying on. I see it lost the tip of its tail. Thanks for sharing this colourful image. Best regards.

Ciao Sujoy. Oustanding! DOF details and sharp are perfect indeed! Amazing colours and graphic.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-09-10 7:37]

Hello Sujoy,
Excellent photo of this agama in great sharpness and beautiful natural colours. Taken from a good POV in a pleasing composition. Nice contrasting rocky BG.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-10 8:48]

Hi Sujoy,how is nice this lizard,a great spectacle these colors and a beautiful design too,excellent pic whit the best sharpness and details,i like it...very interesting!!Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano.

Amazing Agamas with fantastic colours Sujoy! Impressive photo with very good composition, beautiful lighting and good sharpness!

Awesome in all around Sujoy.

hello Sujoy
this is a Beauty with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Sujoy, great capture of beautiful agama with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hallo Sujoy,
a very beautiful interesting capture of the Red-headed Rock Agama, fine details and splendid colours, very good point of view and very nice composition
Best regards

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  • BREARD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 1 N: 419] (2141)
  • [2011-09-10 23:41]

Bonjour Sujoy,
De très jolies couleurs pour ce sujet.
Une jolie photo.
Bon dimanche

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-09-11 7:36]

hello Sujoy,
What a beautifully colored Agama! Very well presented natural picture with good sharpness which allows us to see the shapes of the scales and the fine color-combination. Very pleasing, indeed!
Thanks and kind regards

Hello Sujoy,
Beautiful capture taken with vivid colours and good sharp details. I also like the composition. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-09-20 19:15]

Hello Sujoy,
beautiful agama with the details and colors well presented. The well emphasised scales are truly wonderful view of this excellently detailed capture.
Well done for this special creature.


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