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Eastern Water-skink

Eastern Water-skink
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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: 2005-11-24
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Skinks 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-26 9:31
Viewed: 5267
Points: 58
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Eastern Water-skink (Eulamprus quoyii)

We had a nice time with our son, daughter-in–law and grand-daughter over Christmas and when they left us it suddenly seemed too quiet. As the weather is, and is forecast to be, still mostly dark and overcast, I thought I would go through my archives to see what I could find to post.

I took this shot of an Eastern Water-skink that I saw as we took a walk along a well paved and well used path by the beach at Manly, a suburb north of Sydney. On one side of the path was a rocky beach and on the other sandstone cliffs rising a few meters above the sea.

Between the path and the cliffs were some shrubby plants and weeds and this is where I spotted this skink. I remember that I could come as close as about 3 meters before he disappeared into the undergrowth.

This species is found in Eastern Australia from Queensland to South Australia. It is found in a large range of habitats but often near water and in the intertidal zones. It grows up to a length of 30 cm (nearly 1 ft) and as this one was about 25 cm it must have been nearly full grown.

There are 300 known species of Skinks (SCINCIDAE) in Australia. Most have smooth shiny skins and a tail that can easily be cast off. The limbs are often small and sometimes pairs may be partially or completely missing. Australian skinks vary in size from a few to 60 cm (2 ft) in length.

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Alo Ivan,
This is a very nice shot, great presentation of this Skink
the photo is very sharp and well composed, I yet have to
learn to take a good and sharp picture of a lizard.. I'll
keep trying 'til I get it... Well done my friend


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-26 9:39]

Hi Ivan. As you say all seems very quiet when you are on your own again , It did mean i could go to the forest for a few hours and get some fresh air. We have has sun shine and blue skys.
This was worth finding in your archive from Australia. Taken with the small canon . It has turned out very well indeed. Good detail in the skin with sharp focusing. and natural colours. well done TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-26 9:43]

Hi Ivan,

While you are having dark, overcast weather we are having snow!! A wonderful shot of ALL of this Skink. Great pose with the tail curved toward the head. The face is marvelous showing off his lovely eye. He stands out well from the leaves and weeds. Lucky you to be able to see your granddaughter on Christmas. My son with the little ones lives in Colorado but I had a wonderful day with my other two sons.



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-26 9:55]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture from beautiful Skink .
I love the composition with great focus showing all details with superb clarity.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-12-26 12:32]

Hi Ivan,my best compliments to this not easy pic,and my best compliments too for your 2008's gallery! Best whishes to a happy 2009,Luciano

nice details and a great capture!

Hi Ivan,
such great luck to make a sharp and pretty shot of such a shy animal, that's beautiful, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Ivan,
Very good capture of this Water-skink; distinct colours against natural grey BG, great POV and composition, nice catch-light, sharp fine details.

hello Ivan
Great shot of this lizard in his natural environment, good focusing of his head and foreleg , colors and composition are
very well down

Hello Ivan,
Nicely done.
In the thumbnail it looks a bit busy. But the depth of field provided you an overall sharp skink. Not obvious with lizards and skinks. Add to this the good composition...

Hello IVan,
Beautiful pic of this Eastern Water-skink, good composition and excellent colours. TFS.
Greetings. Ferran.

Hello Ivan.
Great capture of this small lizard!
Fine colours, texture and details.
Excellent sharpness and luminosity.
José Roberto

hello Ivan

since last spring or summer my new way to view and critiques
the photos (if i don't answer to critiques received on my images)
i go from continent to continent starting North America,
i found this way the best way to navigate in the pages,
and now tonight i found you in Oceania continent !

excellent shot from your archives of your voyage in Australia,
with very fine POV, superb composition with excellent
sharpness and details of all the image, and always i see
with wich camera was shot the image, superb, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Great pose & comp, this skink has curled its tail just for you :)
Very good detail, exposure, and natural colors, well seen in its natural environment.
Great shot & Happy New Year!

Hi and Good Morning Dostum Ivan,

Wonderful shot of this beauty in its classical stoping position:). Great capture in all around.
TFS. Have a nice weekend!

Dear Ivan,
Beautiful capture of Eulamprus quoyii by you. The details & expressions are excellent of this unique lizard. TFS.

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-27 0:46]

Hello Ivan,
what a capture, great and precise momment.
Sharpness and colour are perfect.
Have a wonderful weekend

merhaba Ivan,
Nowadays, I dont see your posts often. I think since festive season. I am pleaure to learn you had a great time with grand daughter and other family members in Christmas.
Today, I see a great shot from Australia after some great posts from Spain. Great POV, focus and composition. Notes also very nice as always.
I think its vernacular name came because it living near water. Thanks for sharing, have a wonderful weekend my friend

Gday Ivan
Nice shot from your visit to Australia with great detail showing splendid color and texture.
Image looks a bit cluttered but thats its natural environment.
tfs jon

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-27 7:25]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture.POV,details,clear eyes and natural colors are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-27 9:09]

Hello Ivan,
This is a very beautiful photo of this Skink in its natural environment. Great natural and clear colours and excellent sharpness, composition and POV. Nice eye-contact.

Hello Ivan,
my dear friend and neighbour in the gallery! Well presented documentation with good details of a difficult target: a shy and quick exotic reptile under low light conditions in dense undergrowth. The skink's shining skin is really well shown. The perfectly managed diagonal composition is outstanding.
Thank you! With best regards,

You can dig out of your archive can you not.. I must learn some good Swedish tunes....VERY nice and this makes you a world traveler too but I already knew that... a long flight..swollen legs I think.

Hello Ivan

A lovely little lizard,the texture and patterns of it's skin show well.
The setting is natural,and the pose and body language looks as if it is on alert and able to dart away in an instant.
Very good POV.


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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-12-28 1:17]

Hello Ivan, beautiful image of a pretty skink with nice composition. i wish you a happy new year!
TFS and G's,

Ciao Ivan, lovely skink well captured in a beautiful autumnal BG, perfect focus, wonderful light and colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-12-29 11:49]

Hello Ivan !
What a beautiful lizard from your archives, he looks big - bigger anyway than what I see in my own country. You managed to capture the texture of the scales very nicely. Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, and a nice eye contact. Very well done !

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-29 14:42]

Hi Ivan,
a fine shot of this lizard from your trip to Australia.
Very good detail and sharpness.
Well composed.
Excellent POV.

Very well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-29 18:28]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent image with great focus, depth of field and exposure. This affords us a marvelous view of this Skink. Great work Ivan and thank you for sharing.

Hello Ivan!
An Australian reptile :) Nice lizard in natural habitat :) I like low POV and good light. Anyway, note is alos very interesting and informative - 300 species of Scincidae in Australia? It is several time more that all reptiles of Europe! Impressive!:)
Many thanks for showing this presentation :)

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