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Lane Cove River National Park

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Capture of Eastern Water Dragon in the picnic area. A shy creature that didn’t allow me to get closer than two metres.

The Australian Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii), which includes the Eastern Water Dragon (P. l. lesueurii) and the Gippsland Water Dragon (P. l. howittii) subspecies, is an arboreal agamid species native to Eastern Australia from Victoria north to Queensland, as well as a small population in the south-east coast of South Australia. Australian water dragons have long powerful limbs and claws for climbing, a long muscular laterally-compressed tail for swimming, and prominent nuchal and vertebral crests.1 (A nuchal crest is a central row of spikes at the base of the head. These spikes continue down the spine, getting smaller as they reach the base of the tail.)
Including their tails, which comprise about two-thirds of their total length, adult females grow to about 60 cm (2 feet) long, and adult males can grow slightly longer than one metre (3 feet) and weigh about 1 kg. Males show bolder colouration and have larger heads than females. Colour is less distinct in juveniles.

Nikon D600
Nikkor 70-300mm VR
Focal Length 300mm
f5.6, 1/320, ISO520

Tags

dragon, eastern water dragon, reptile, cute, scrub, lane cove, national park, green

I am a passionate Amateur nature and wildlife photographer and like to dabble in all forms of photography. I find each photographic discipline presents its own challenges and rewards when you get it right. I also am a volunteer photographer for the RSPCA in NSW. I am a Nikon man and have just migrated to full frame however there are a number of spots left for additional lenses.

My equipment includes
Nikon D600 and D90
Nikkor 300mm
Nikkor 70-300mmVR
Nikkor 24-85mm VR
Tokina 11-16mm

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Comments

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work
    .

  • Thanks Ann

    – Steve Randall

  • TheaDaams
    TheaDaamsover 1 year ago

    Nice to meet you, Spike… it’s a handsome boy, Steve! :-)

  • Many thanks Thea. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Beautiful capture Steve

  • Thanks so much John. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • thedove63
    thedove63over 1 year ago

    handsome :))

  • I’m sure his mother this so. LOL. Thanks very much.

    – Steve Randall

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 2, 2013

    Wonderful!!

  • Many thanks for this wonderful honour. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • mrcoradour
    mrcoradourover 1 year ago

    OH MY Goodness this l;ooks like my EX mother-in-law hee hee a great shot Steve

  • Thanks Malcolm. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7over 1 year ago

    Hello Spike!! What an amazing-looking beastie, Steve! Wonderful lighting, instant fave!
    Dave ;-)

  • They are very skittish creatures and tend to move very quickly when spooked. He didn’t stay long in the sun and I am glad I waited. Thanks Dave for your lovely comments.

    – Steve Randall

  • peaky40
    peaky40over 1 year ago

    Awesome capture Steve!

  • Thanks very much Roy. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 3, 2013

    *Beautiful!!

  • Thanks very much Teresa for this great honour. :-)))

    – Steve Randall

  • labaker
    labakerover 1 year ago

    cool shot and title :)

  • Thanks Larry

    – Steve Randall

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