Monday, 26 July 2010

Sunbathing Lizards

Last Friday was one of the most unproductive days for some time. The young Swallows I have been photographing had moved to fencing which was inaccessible and the four young Jays in my garden seem to spend more time chasing each other around than posing for the camera, I'll be doing some posts on these two projects soon.

So having not really taken many shots I decided to end the sunny day at my local RSPB reserve, I sat in the hide for over an hour without even seeing anything worth pointing the camera at. Giving up I headed back to the car, on the way I unexpectedly spotted two Lizards basking in the evening sun, I thought they would disappear when they saw me, but having got a few record shots I was then able to change the lens and move in for some close-ups. I had never photographed Lizards before so this was quite a good end to an otherwise rubbish day.


Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

I've never seen lizards like these. Amazing how much detail you were able to capture. Wonderful shots, Steve!

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant Steve.

Anthony Dixon said...

Well spotted Steve, lovely shots.

I believe that this is a female of the 'Merseyside Race' of Sand Lizard and as the name suggests...they are only found in a few locations around Merseyside.

Pretty rare and very hard to spot let alone photograph!

Steve Round said...

Thanks for the comments.

Anthony, as I am no expert on reptiles I checked with a man who is, he confirmed them as being Common Lizards.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

Always keep your eyes peeled you never know what unexpected wonders are just waiting for your camera. So glad they hung around for you to change the lens. What detail and textures and colors you captured. They look so plain from a distance, but up close such variations in color and texture. Thanks for sharing your unexpected fine.

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