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Rocky Habitat

Rocky Habitat
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-06 0:38
Viewed: 6034
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Cyprus sub-species of an Agama Lizard that is found in at least five seperate sub-species from Greece eastwards. It is known as the Hardun Agama (Laudakia stellio cypriaca).

We saw this species quite commonly along the rocky coast. This male was taken on the rocks just below our hotel. At about 30 cm long he is pretty well full grown and he allowed me get get within 5 meters before scampering away into a crack in the rock.

Agamids are found mainly in Africa, Australia and Asia and the American equivalents, to which they are related, are Iguanids. The male can be quite colourful, especially during the breeding season and they often guard a territory by jerking the head up and down. The Water-dragons of Australia are Agamids that can approach a meter in length, including the tail.

They also have a certain abilty to change the colours of the skin to be camouflaged. Hardun Lizards are well camouflaged in their rocky habitats but many live in trees and are coloured accordingly. In both types of habitat they hunt various invertebrates.

The tail is rather spikey, which is reflected in the Swedish name, Taggagam. The WORKSHOP shows a half-grown juvenile

This image was taken with the camera hand-held and after slight cropping it was selectively sharpened.

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Hello Ivan,
Fine details have been captured in this little fellow!
Seems like he is very interested in what is going on, hehehe...
Sharp fine details that makes the animal stand out well in spite of colours very similar to the background, a fine pose and a well composed presentation!
Pablo -

Looks alike to my eyes to any other Hardun i saw. Maybe the difference is in te pholidosis as in many other species. In Cyprus, i never had seen one, myabe they are rarer tahn mainland???

Hello Ivan,

A nice capture of my homeland Hardun! Excellent details! TFS friend! By the way two subspecies of Hardun -L. s. daani and L. s. stelio- also lives in Turkey. Thanks once more friend! Today is Cyprus Herpetofauna day! Great! ;)
Best regards,
PS. In Cyprus local peoples call the Hardun (arabic name) as "Gurkuda" :)


Hi Ivan,
I was in northern Cysprus for one week last year and saw this baetiful reptile there. Your photo is very nice with natural habitat. TFS, Regards,

Hi Ivan,
A beautiful capture of this Agama Lizard. Excellent capture with very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A perfect "Hardun" capture in a typical pose Ivan, the calcareous BG compliments the natural colors of the lizard. THe juvenile completes this posting nicely. TFS my friend.

Hello Ivan,

Beautiful picture of this lizard. I like very much the composition with the crack in the rock. Good sharpness and natural colours.

Excellent detail with natural light! Wonderfully done, Ivan!
Cheers, Klaus

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-06 7:02]

Hi Ivan

Another great lizard shot from you, my friend!
Yes, the difference between this grown one and the juvenile from the WS is well visible. Thanks for posting such a nice comparison.
The pattern and colors on this one are also lovely and they make him blend well in the environment.
Very good details and lovely pose here, too.
Also, an excellent informative note...i always appreciate them :)

Bravo and TFS

This is a cool pattern shot...It almost looks as if it could be one your wife takes...it mimics her style just a bit. My wife and I do similar. My mother, now passed, used to say that my wife and I are "joined at the hip". I think it is an old provincial way of saying that we were rarely apart. And it is true. I also sense some of that in you and Ulla...Very nice work Ivan. A fine image and notes.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-06 7:54]

Excellent shot of this Agama Ivan!
We can see how well this lizard's camouflage works!
Very sharp with immense detail.
Great composition.
Superb eye-contact as well.
Earthy colours and decent lighting.
Well done!

Hello Ivan
Very intersting shot of this Agama Lizard ,
Perfect details,composition and POV,
Welldone my friend.


Hej Ivan
Really cool and well composed shot of this lizard from your archives.
Well done and TFS

Hello Ivan,
Today, I saw great captures of two species of Lacertilia, from two different families. Yours also great shot. Timing very nice to capture its beautiful looking. Sharp focus and details perfect as like composition, POV, lighting and framing. good and informative notes always. Thanks for sharing. best wishes

Hello Ivan,
Thank you for sharing this outstanding posting of Lizard!
superb exposure and focus with total sharpness, natural colouration and perfect details in the shot
a good and informative notes always with the good posting
many thanks for your effort

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-02-06 17:06]

Hi Ivan,

I really like the angle you chose to take this lizard. He's on a nice diagonale where we can appreciate his whole body. and a great light in his eye. It's a very defined picture as he's so well camouflaged. Beautifully done!


Hi Ivan,
I like the sharp detail and fine colorations of this lizard image. The POV and pose is super as well as composition.
Fine work Ivan, TFS

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-07 1:18]

Hi Ivan,
Composition, lighting, POV, details, focus and sharpness are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-07 4:04]

Hello Ivan,
Outstanding posting the image is impressive as usual, but today I have to thank you for your great knowledge and notes that you pass on to us with each of your postings. Thank you Ivan.

We have grey lizards in my native place in the hills of India, Ivan, but they are rather unattractive and dull and are not as big as this one. They also dwell in the rocks and are found in large numbers.
This Agama lizard is rather handsome. I like the black pattern on its back.
A well captured image with perfect details. The BG of the rock with a crack in it shows its natural habitat.
TFS and regards.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-07 7:43]

Hola Sr. Ivan.
Muy hermosos colores logrados y una pose muy usual de este "Lagartijo" Nosotros tenemos muchos de ellos por aqui, y tiene muy diferents colores de acuerdo a las circunstancias del medio ambiente.
Un saludo fraternal

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-07 19:59]

Hello Ivan

Excellent focus and sharpness.The lighting is well done and the shot is well exposed.
The camouflage is very good,he blends in very well when I look at the thumbnail.
Great texture and colours.You have managed excellent eye colour and detail as well.


Hi Ivan!
This one looks like a little dragon! :) I like its colouration, it is not easy to see it in the wild because of camouflage, I believe.
Really after many interesting pictures of reptilesrecently presented on TN, including this one, I am starting to think about some trip to this region :)
Bravo also for picture from workshop, I think it was even much more difficult to take photo of smaller (and faster?) specimen.
Best greetings,

Hi Ivan,
This is a beautiful composition with superb texture, details and catch-light. This cute animal gave you a perfect pose! Even if it is the same colors than this rock, we can see it clearly. This is interesting and beautifully realized. Thanks!

Hello Ivan,
Looks like you have the same low contrast BG as my flying rodent here.
The lizard is well camouflaged, but the details are clear to see. Well composed and natural looking color with great exposure.
I've a lizard or two around here..It's about time I chased after one :)
Well done!

Hello Ivan,

This is very very lovely capture of the cypriotic agamas with excellent details, sharpnes. I liked its pose so much. TFS.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-02 1:56]

Hello Ivan, a wonderfulcapture of this beutiful Laudakia with superb composition, excellent details and sharpnes. TFS. Regards,

Hi Ivan
You have quite the nice selection of images...it was hard to choose just one to critique. I chose your Lizard as you do not see them everyday on TN. I like the pose of this Lizard, with his head cocked keeping an eye on you. He really can blend in well to his surroundings. Great Notes!
TFS Janice

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