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MR. TRANSCONTINENTAL
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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-07
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Reptiles of Africa, Reptiles - Skinks 1, Reptiles (Reptilia), Masterpieces with Bridge or Compact cameras [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-25 5:48
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today another reptile species from my last African trip :)

This is a juvenile individual of Ocellated skink known also as Eyed scink (Chalcides ocelatus Forskal, 1775) (Sauria: Scincidae) (in Polish: ostajnica nakrapiana, ostajnica oczkowana lub scynk oczkowy).

Distribution: SE Europe (Greece, Cyprus, S Italy, including Mediterranean islands), N Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, N Algieria, Libia), Asia Minos (Syria, Iran), and NW India.

Habitat: open areas with low vegetation and rocks. Fom lowland to highlands and mountain (up to 2400m a.s.l - i Morocco).

Activity: usually during day period, sometimes also during evenings. When th weather is bad, it is hidden under the stones.

Body size: 20-25cm.

Food: usually small arthropods like insects and spiders, sometimes (bigger individuals) also small lizards.

Conservation status: Near Threatened cattegory (IUCN Red List)



Picture was taken on Cap Bon Peninsula, SE Tunisia, a few km from Korba village.

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Hallo Radomir
This is a smacker! The details you captured on this Ocellated skink is just stunning. I just love the way the colours and details in the patterns change from the tail, upwards to the headpart. This photograph is just great. Great camerawork in all aspects. I appreciate your sharing this lovely Skink with us. Best regards.
Anna

This is the most beautiful picture of a Skink I have ever seen, Radomir.
My goodness, what a point a view and what amazing focus on the entire subject!
You have surpassed yourself in nature photography in this shot, my friend. Hats off to you.
Thanks and regards.
Ram

Hallo Radomir,
a very beautiful capture of the Ocellated skink, superb sharpness and exposure well balanced, a very pleasing composition with a splendid posture of this reptile.
TFS
Best regards
Maurizio

hello Radomir
this is a beauty so good pose to see this scink very good
beautiful colours and great sharpness
super!!greeting lou

Hello Radomir, this a materpiece whit DSLR quality, shoted whith a bridge!... impressive detalis, great general balance of color, contrast an ligth, great use of flash of course!... impressive effect 3d at f/8!... all is good in this shot MF!...congratulations!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

Wow! That's nice!
Your POV and DOF are awesome here.
What a cool composition, and such a shiny character.
Beautiful sharpness detail and colours.
Absolutely superb Radomir !
Thanks for this,
Steve

Hello Radomir,

A great many species aesthetic attraction.
And technical point of view is very successful.
A very interesting species to see a big chance in nature.
Sharpness and detail with a very ingenious composition.
Thanks for sharing.

Best Regards,
Mehmet

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-07-26 5:26]

Hello Radomir,
What a well taken picture of this very special creature! In perfect pose and shown with lovely natural tints. And what a vivid eye!! Perfect shot indeed.
Thanks and kind regards
Anne

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2010-07-27 5:27]

Hi Radek and nice to see another addition from you African trip :)

This is a superb skink and a lizard i would very much like to meet one day, too.
The colors and pattern on its scales is gorgeous and i also really like the great pose you've caught it in here - curled up like that creates a very good composition for shots like this.
The fill-in flash worked very well again (as in your other photos) and has brought in some nice extra details and light.
Well focused and exposed, as well.
...and it's surprisingly big - when i first looked at the photo i thought it was about 15cm long, but then i read in your not that it's way bigger :))

Overall, a lovely post, my friend.
Bravo and TFS
Horia

PS: i e-mailed you some time ago...i was hoping to maybe get an answer to the problem i raised then...if you have the time :)

Witaj Radek
Swietne zdjecie, ostatnio scynka widzialem w sklepie zoologicznym, ale na wolnosci reprezentuj± sie o wiele lepiej.
Pozdrawiam Robert

Hello Radomir.
When I saw this I though, is this lizard polish? ...now I know it is african :)
You are an expert with reptiles, and it not an easy task. I trier some times and difficult to get good results.
I can feel the texture of this one looking at this photo.
Beautiful composition!
Regards, Felipe.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-08-16 0:16]

Hi Radomir,
how come that so few people notice your masterpiece on TN? Whatever, this IS a dreamshot and I am truly jealous :-) being absolutely unable to achieve a similar result. A make it a favorite of mine. You did this one with your usual Coolpix?
Congratulations.
Best regards
Dietrich

Hi Radek,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Ocellated skink. Very good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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