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Agama agama

Agama agama
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Copyright: Lenka Gondova (lgfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-19
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-200 F4 L USM IS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Tanzania 2008
Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 14:56
Viewed: 4052
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the best known species is the red-headed rock agama (Agama agama), widespread in sub-Saharan Africa. Its original habitat is the savannah, but today it also lives within villages and towns. These agamas form groups of ten to twenty. The "leader" is an old male, while females and young males constitute the other members of the group. The colour is dark brown at night, but after dawn the colours of the dominant male will change: the body becomes light blue, head and tail bright orange. These colours may change again depending on the dominant male's mood. For instance, if male agamas fight, their heads will turn brown, and white spots appear on their body. Fights take place when a foreign agama male appears. It will try to dispute the leadership of the dominant male. When fighting, agamas hiss and attempt to hit each other's head with their tail. These strokes may be very violent and often result in haematomas or fractured jaws.

The females in the group are entirely brown. Often there is a highest-ranking female that remains in proximity to the leading male and struggles to repel other females.
Source: Wikipedia

Taken in Serengeti plains.

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Hello Lenka. thanks for showing this from the famous plane. Excellent sharpness and clarity against the blue sky. Well done and regards. Jusni

Hi Lenka

great shot with good details. I like its pose, it is like an old guy thinking or taking sunbath. perfect.
well done

Hi Lenka

Great portrait of this beautiful agama.
Excellent sharpness, great POV and DOF. Great blue background makes him stand out even more.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-09 21:36]

Hello Lenka

Excellent clarity and colour.
I love the expression,this lizard seems quite erudite.
The focus is sharp with lovely texture.
The POV is very well done.


Hello Lenka,

What a great picture ! Incredible sharpness and great colors. The agamas I've personnally seen were less orange and pinker. If I can, I just regret that the picture doesn't show the entire body, because the contrast between the pink head and the blue body is dramatic.

Very well done.

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