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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: 2009-04-18
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/8
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Geckos, Reptiles (Reptilia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-19 16:35
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
After a scorpion picture today a short come back to reptile photos :>

Atlas Day Gecko (Quedenfeldtia trachyblepharus Boettger, 1873) (Gekkonidae).

Distribution: species endemic to Morocco where it is restricted to Atlas Mts. only.

Habitat: associated with montane rock faces and boulders, often close to water sources.

Activity: as the English name suggests, this species - in oposition to other Moroccan geckos, is active during day period

Size: up to 10-15cm

Conservation status: in the IUCN list placed in the Near Threatened category

Picture was taken in Mizun valley, elevation about 2500 m a.s.l, and present an adult specimen of this species (the young one soon :>).

And last but not least, I would like to dedicate this picture to our Friend and great herptile lover Horia (horia) :>

boreocypriensis, rousettus, Argus, horia, matatur, red45, Alex99, anel, maurydv has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To boreocypriensis: thank you :)cicindela 2 05-21 15:16
To matatur: thank you! :>cicindela 1 05-21 14:48
To horia: :>cicindela 1 05-21 14:43
To Argus: not for the geckos ;>cicindela 1 05-21 14:40
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Hi again Radek,
i think you decided to be a famous herpetologist:> Realy a great capture of an endemic African gecko species wit superb clarity and details. Though it was well camouflaged you could noticed this beauty as an expert on the field.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Radomir,
nice to be neighbour with you.
This is great capture endemic gecko. very beautiful species. thanks for sharing it with us. focus, POV/DOF, composition and lighting great. coloration and notes also superb. thanks again, have a good night my friend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-05-19 22:14]
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Hello Radomir,
What a find and what a fine capture of this Moroccan Atlas day Gecko!
You have used your Coolpix to best effect with a fine pose, POV and excellent sharpness, lighting and composition.
We can't offer any geckos in Sweden I'm afraid!
Thanks and best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-05-19 23:53]
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Hi Radek and many thanks for your kind dedication for me :)

To find and photograph an endemic species is always something special, i know, because it's that feeling you have that you've seen a rare species with your own eyes and that you can afterwords show it to the world.
This is the case here, with this beautiful Atlas Day Gecko.
I haven't seen it before, even in photos, so your contribution is even more significant and your dedication even more valuable :)
The details are great and i really like the pattern on its scales a lot.
The typical gecko feet are well visible, too and the diagonal composition is well thought of.

Bravo, TFS and thanks again

Hello Radomir,
Excellent shot, sharp details and a beautiful composition.

Ciao Radomir, fantastic gecko with wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-05-20 11:24]

Hello Radomir,
Beautiful photo of this gecko in camouflaged colours. Excellent sharp details and a very nice composition and POV.

Thanks for this rare sight indeed Radomir, a day gecko in its natural element displaying its superb camouflage capabilities. This sharp and well exposed image has a great taxonomical value my friend. Horia will love it, I'm sure...

Hi Radomir,
Another stunning gecko shot.
The dark to light colouration and the patterns are amazing,and remind me of an Escher drawing.
He also drew geckos in a few of his works.
A really great image.
Cheers & TFS
(ps Should have a new camera in a week or two :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-05-22 0:34]

Czesc Radek!

Widze, ze Maroko jest swietnym miejscem jezeli chodzi o ciekawe zwierzaki. O wiele bardziej podobaja mi sie gekony niz skorpiony :-) Ten tu pieknie sie ukryl, ale mimo to bardzo ladnie go sfotografowales. Czuc pustynie na tym zdjeciu.

Ładny kamuflaż, trudno było pewnie dostrzec jaszczurkę na tym kamieniu.
Ładna kompozycja, na moim monitorze zdjęcie trochę za ciemne ale może to tak tylko u mnie. W warsztacie umieściłem rozjaśnione zdjęcie.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-05-23 6:08]

Hi Radomir.
I am delighted how well you have reflected texture and coloration of the ground and reptile. It is superb. I also amazed with brilliant composition. Both you and lizard have done all perfectly. Bravo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-05-25 3:46]

Hello Radomir,
A gecko with beautiful and special patterns on its back. The best way to be camouflages on rocks. Fine and natural-colored picture taken under harsh light probably.
Interesting note too. Merci!
Kind regards

Hello Radomir,
a splendid capture of the Atlas Day Gecko, excellent POV, very good sharpness and very beautiful natural colours, i like the extraordinary mimicry in a very nice composition.
Best regards

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