Fijian Crested Iguana by Tom Newman

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The Fiji crested iguana (Brachylophus vitiensis) is a critically endangered species of iguana native to certain of the islands of Fiji. The species is thought to have evolved from an iguana species which rafted from South America 13 million years ago. The generic name, Brachylophus, is derived from two Greek words: brachys meaning “short” and lophos meaning “crest” or “plume”, denoting the short spiny crests along the back of this species


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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersover 6 years ago

    what a gorgeous shot! and how cool to see him up so close….very nice! he seems to be smiling! :-)

  • Camerashy
    Camerashyover 6 years ago

    Magic…I`m lost for words

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 6 years ago

    Great shot, of a beautiful reptile, LOVE fijian iguana’s…

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskiover 6 years ago

    what a beauty Tom, excellent capture, that eye wow!

  • KeepsakesPhotography Michael Rowley
    KeepsakesPhoto...over 6 years ago

    jurrasic shot great image tom.

  • James Nielsen
    James Nielsenover 6 years ago

    Ha, what an astounding shot. Isn’t he cheeky looking at you like that!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your generous comments :-)

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 6 years ago

    whatta beauty !!! Great shot

  • maka1967
    maka1967over 6 years ago

    great shot! cute creature.

  • Cheri Perry
    Cheri Perryover 6 years ago

    What a great capture…I love the colors and the details are fantastic. I am going to suggest this one for Julie Langfords “Pay if Forward” :) Good job.

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