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Northern Water Dragon

Northern Water Dragon
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-05 5:33
Viewed: 6198
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Northern Water Dragon (Amphibolurus temporalis) is a medium sized dragon of around 350mm, though the body length is only 120mm. It is one of nine dragon species that inhabit the northern humid half of the Northern Territory. As its common name suggests, it is usually found in humid pandanus or melaleuca forest adjacent to watercourses through the central northern coastal region of Australia. They are diurnal hunters feeding almost entirely on arthropods and apparently are very fond of Green Tree Ants which I have illustrated previously here.
I found this one at Wangi Falls on the side of the walking track that takes you from the base, over the top and back down again; a very scenic and beautiful walk. If your interested I have published the falls here and typical humid forest here on TrekEarth.
This individual was very obliging, letting me take several shots while she ate a grasshopper, then he was off.
Click on the image to see the larger view.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2005-01-05 10:02]

Nice presentation Chris. Good detail and good notres. Well done

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-01-05 11:21]

Excelent shots. the details are great and the composition is well done.


Nice one chris good use of the LP images, small nit in the fact the tail is out of focus (OOF), but not enough to spoil the image. the note is very good I particulary like the linking to related images on the other Trek sites, this should be done more so complete information can be given about a subject.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-06 2:58]

This shot is loaded with a natural feel. I like this setting and the sharpness is excellent.

Very well done and thanks for posting

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-01-06 12:51]

Hi Chris
Nice note here, and good to see diferent perspectives of this little dragon! The cammo suit here works well to let him blend into the BG. I think you did well here, where the environment is not too conductive to nice BG's.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-01-10 16:04]

An excellent presentation, Chris.
I like those LP.
A great post: pictures and note.

great photo love to see some other lizard photos if you have any

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