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West African Rainbow Lizard

West African Rainbow Lizard
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-13
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-11 8:12
Viewed: 10690
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Agama agama is a species of lizard from the Agamidae family, found in most of subsaharan Africa. This is the West African Rainbow Lizard, agama agama africana, NEW ON TN.

The temperatures in the inlands of Senegal were rising till 45 degrees, so very pretty for these lizards. I saw a lot of them.

It can often be seen in the heat of the day. In the breeding season the males develop their most dramatic markings, the head and neck and also tail turning bright orange, and the body dark blue. Outside of the breeding season, the male is a plain brown. The females and juveniles are always more cryptically marked. This lizard can be climbing rocks and walls. The diet is insects.

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Hallo Peter,
what a very beautiful and spectacular capture of the West African Rainbow Lizard, very good sharpness and splendid colour tones, excellent POV and composition
Best regards
Have a good weekend

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-06-11 8:33]

Hello Peter,
A superb capture of this West African agamid male. I remember seeing them bobbing their heads in Gambia.
The POV, composition, sharpness and colours all contribute to a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Peter, amzing lizard with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and wonderful details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2010-06-11 9:09]

Ha Peter,

Een mooie serie vanuit Senegal,niet echt een land wwar ik als eerste aan zou denken bij het gaan op vakantie,maar je hebt een paar bijzondere fotos laten zien,dit is een mooi getekende agama,


o, yes, nice lizard... tfs

A beautiful one, Peter, the colours are so wonderful and the arrangement very interesting.
I guess that's a shy animal - so you had good luck to capture it so close and sharp.
Very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter,
Great capture with outstanding details and colours.
Perfect focus and lovely composition.
Have a nice weekend!

Hello Peter,
Very beautiful lizard, with amazing blue colours. Excellent sharpness and posture. Well done! Cheers,

Curiosa y bella especie. Y tu viajando por Africa para poder captarla !
Excelente trabajo.

Yes, this one is rally rainbow coloured!
Dear Peter, this picture has important documentary value, I think this is the first time we can see it in TN gallery.
I like natural light, sharpness, and of course the colours :)
Also the note is interesting.
All the best from Lodz,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-06-11 13:55]

Hello Peter,
What a interesting and beautiful lizard,great colors and wonderful sharp details.Great composition.Very well done!
TFS and regards,

Absolutely stunning image of this pretty Agama Peter!
The clarity and details are first class, as is the focus and exposure.
TFS and have a nice day WE!


Excellent shot of this lovely agama Peter.
Perfect in every way.
TFS and kind regards,


  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-06-11 22:56]

Hallo Peter,

dit keer en beetje een panorama foto va deze hagedis.
Heb geen idee hoe groot hij is maar hij is en de foto zijn prachtig van kleur.
Mooie waarnenming, scherpte is ook uitstekend.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-12 4:52]

Hello Peter,
What a great capture of this fantastic Agama Lizard in its bright colouring! I like the composition and details and colours are fantastic. Well done! I wonder what size this is?
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-12 5:08]

Hello Peter,
Amazing colors for this Agma agma lizard..it cannot pass unseen with this fantastic coloration. A very dry surrounding too,we can really feel the heat.
Thanks also for your note.
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hello Peter,
What a stunning colorful animal. I love the blue with the orange head, it makes it stand out against the brown rocks. Both are my favorite colors. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Peter,
What a reptile interesting and what colors! good picture, You've manged very well the har ligth, and achieve good results. Thanks for exposing this rare lizard. TSF, Regards, Jesús

hello Peter

excellent photo of this African Lizard, shot with fine POV, DOF,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, beautiful warm luminosity,



Helo Peter
Excellent capture of this lizard with his breeding colors, nice pose on the dry soil on this very hot day, great lighting and very sharp details on this reptile
TFS and have a great sunday

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-06-13 7:13]

Hello Peter,
superb capture of this excellent lizard. I like the colours in good sharpness and clarity.
To me this a special and new finding for me.
Very pretty indeed.


Ciao Peter. The best light's management to exalt the bright colours of this strange Lizard. Very well done.


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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2010-06-13 8:28]

Excellent Peter, very nice.
Best regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-13 13:00]

Hello Peter,
Very good capture of this lizard,great composition and very nice colour,good detail and background.Thanks for sharing!
Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter,
Fantastic picture! Wonderful colors, fine details, great POV, DOF and composition. Well done!

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