WINNER of the Green Challenge in the Beach, River and Lake Treasures Group

Featured in “300 + Go Long!” October 2009
Featured in “Nature Photography Challenge” March 2011

A Balkan Green Lizard (Lacerta trilineata) photographed in its natural habitat along a river at Chrousos on the Greek Island of Lesvos (or Lesbos).
Lesvos is a renowned location for seeing and photographing migratory birds moving through to breed in eastern Europe and Asia Minor, which is in fact why I was there. Added bonuses to photographing birds included some wonderful landscapes and a variety of reptiles, mammals and wildflowers.

Canon 20D
1/200sec f8 ISO 200
500mm lens + 1.4x converter


herpetofauna, lesbos greek island, lesvos, lizard, reptile

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  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 5 years ago

    wow!! amazing photo Martin

  • Thank you very much Tallow, I appreciate your comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • Jon Lees
    Jon Leesalmost 5 years ago

    brillant colours Martin

  • Thank you John.

    – Martin Smart

  • David Lewins
    David Lewinsalmost 5 years ago

    Love the use of DoF to focus the eye on the subject. Nice capture Martin

  • Thanks very much David, its always fun on a photographic trip to capture something a little unexpected!

    – Martin Smart

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyalmost 5 years ago


    Your image above was featured in our telephoto lens group;

    300+ Go Long! . . . . . . . . . . . . . Masters of the Telephoto

  • Many thanks for featuring this image Ken, I truly appreciate the honour!

    – Martin Smart

  • JeffeeArt4u
    JeffeeArt4ualmost 5 years ago

    Enjoyed seeing this shot of a lizard you captured. I enjoy photographing Anole Lizards in their natural habitat in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Also, our private garden.

  • Thank you for your comments, much appreciated!

    – Martin Smart

  • GraceNotes
    GraceNotesalmost 5 years ago

    Another winner, Martin! How big is this guy?

  • Thank you very much for the compliment! Difficult to say exactly how long he was but probably around 15 inches

    – Martin Smart

  • niki78
    niki78almost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Martin.

  • Thank you very much Niki, appreciate your comment!

    – Martin Smart

  • citrineblue
    citrinebluealmost 5 years ago

    I love this shot a lot, well captured

  • Thank you so much!

    – Martin Smart

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Another brilliant shot – I love how you captured him in an environment with same colours as him: green and grey. Added bonus of an ‘over the shoulder look’. Either you’re very lucky, or very, very patient and knowledgeable, to know where to find them :-) (Judging by the number of brilliant shots you have here, I think I know the answer – nobody can be that lucky!)

  • Lol! Well a bit of luck does come into it from time to time, but the more you are out there, the more you will find!! On this day we were actually looking for birds so this was definitely a bonus! Thank you very much for your kind comments and interest!

    – Martin Smart

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 4 years ago

  • Thanks very much Kimba, great to finish in the top ten!

    – Martin Smart

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