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Green Crested Lizard

Green Crested Lizard
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): My trips to Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-30 13:05
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this beautifully coloured Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) in a small patch of forest near Sepolik. I watched it for perhaps 15 minutes, perched like this on a tree trunk. As you can see it has a small piece if leaf or bark on the tip of its lip. Small insects would land on the bark and the lizard then snapped-shut its mouth and ate the prey. I took several shots but failed to capture the critical moment of prey capture.

The Green Crested Lizard has a snout-vent length of 40-115mm and a long tail of up to 394mm. It has a small crest of erect scales on the neck. They live in primary lowland rainforests of Myanmar, southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Philippines and the Indonesian archipelago.

Reference: The JVI/TIGR Reptile Database http://reptile-database.org/.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-30 13:23]

Hello Chris,
This shot really shows this green lizard up well with excellent sharpness and colours. It looks like it has snapped up an insect with a bit of leaf attached to its leg (meat and veg).
The POV and composition on the tree trunk are superb. My son thought Sepilok was great when he was there a few years ago.
Thanks and all the best,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-30 13:25]

Hello Chris.
What a beautifully beauty. I loved this cute, long-tailed and beautifully coloured thin lizard which. Its posture is also lovely.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Chris, fantastic capture of wonderful lizard, splendid bright colors and wonderful details, superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

A wonderful capture with interesting notes.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-30 13:44]

Hello Chris,
Fantastic photo of this Green Crested Lizard in superb sharpness and details. Very beautiful bright colours. Great DOF, OOF BG, composition and POV.

Bonsoir hris

Une belle image de ce petit lézard, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs.
Bonne soirée et bravo....JP

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-03-30 21:19]

Hello Chris
Wonderful close up taken with amazing details and vivid colors
Thanks for sharing

Hi Chris,

Amazing tele-macro capture of this green beauty from great POV with excellent DOF providing 3-D effect!
TFS and have a nice day!


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-03-31 0:07]

Hello Chris,
a very interesting and beautiful composition.
Excellent POV with time of capture prey.
Have a nice day,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-03-31 3:45]

Hi Chris,
this is really amazing. Beautiful indeed. Looking at the scales it such a beauty.
You have captured it very very well and presented it wonderfully. How you caught the action very splendid and well timed.
Congratulations for such an exciting capture from our forest.


Very nice and interesting picture.
This little lizard look so pretty.
Perfect details and colors.Congratulations.
Friendly regards.Alin.

Bonjour Chris.Quelle superbe photo. Couleurs et relief formidable. Merci. Rudy

Hello Chris, a supersharp image against a blurred background,indeed a most pleasing shot with intersting note.TFS.
Regards Les

A wonderful capture with interesting notes.
Perfect details and colors.

excellent capture Chris
good posture of green crested lizard and perfect sharpness
Happy Easter to you and your family sERGIO

Hi Chris,
So nice macro.Deatils are excellent.
Amazing colors and nice sharpness too.
Very well captured

Kind regards

Hi Chris,
Beautiful shot of the cute small lizard just before eating the leave. :) Maybe You failed to capture how he has a dinner from insects, but this is the 1st ever shot of a leaf-eater. :) Sharpness and details are second to none, great natural colors, beautiful pose and effective composition. Bravo MF.
Have a great Easter, friendly regards, László

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-04-07 12:54]

Hello Chris,
Fantastic capture of this beautiful green Lizard that's almost popping out of my screen!! A great composition and impressive details and colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

excellent shot! great sharpness and color, very well focused, beautiful sp.

Dear Chris,
I like your action photo VERY MUCH!

Isn't it amazing how much cleverness one encounters in nature, when one has the time and patience to observe...

The details of the mouth are astounding - and the serrated, sharp edges really surprised me. No wonder they can chop a big insect in half without effort!

Comparing the toes of your subject with most South African Lizards, the Malaysian has much longer toes.

I guess the colours are so much brighter due to the different environment. Particularly - where I live - one of the driest areas in South Africa. Of course, in your country I saw the lush vegetation, and the reptiles adapt...

Thanks for showing us this beauty,
Have a nice evening
Greetings from South Africa

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