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Nobbi Dragon


Nobbi Dragon
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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: 2004-12-10
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Australian Reptiles and Frogs [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-01-27 18:52
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Nobbi (Amphibolurus nobbi) is a small dragon of about 150mm total length. It is a reasonably common lizard with an odd distribution that stretches along coastal Queensland, coastal northern New South Wales (NSW), then right through the centre of NSW and into eastern South Australia and north-western Victoria. It inhabits dryer eucalypt forests and woodlands, often associated with rocky terrain, though through its western distribution it can be found in semi-arid mallee shrubland. Like most Australian dragons it is diurnal in nature and forages on a range of insects and other smaller lizards. This dragon excavates a burrow where they spend the night, but during the day they love to perch on rocky boulders or low branches, sunbaking and watching for prey. They breed in summer (October January) when the males (illustrated)develop a reddish flush along the tail and females lay a clutch of 6-10 eggs which take 47-62 days to hatch. During winter April - September they are dormant in their burrows.
We found this one at Nangar National Park near the town of Orange in central NSW. Nangar NP is a small, isolated but interesting park of around 9,000 hectares with an excellent camping area and a number of 4WD tracks. Dominated by various types of eucalypt forests, it is a haven for wildlife being surrounded by sea of agriculture. Its highest point is Mt. Nangar at 770m, which is around 300m higher than the surrounding plains.

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Great pose! I love his pride noticeable in the eyes! Great shot!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-01-28 4:47]

I like reptiles and this one is no exception. Great pose, great, royal ;-) face. TFS!

Interesting post, good sharpness, but BG isn't really nice.
TFS.

A perfect natural shot. Well done on the composition and details.
What a pose.

Mike

hahahah !! Fantastic!! Nice Click !!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-01-28 12:56]

Chris, I have the feeling he is really enjoying to strike a pose for you. Amazing POV and composition, as well as great sharpness.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-01-30 16:27]

This guy has attitude! I like the composition and the sharpness is very good.

Very well done and thanks for posting.

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  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2005-02-02 9:27]

Nice shot. The subject is the same color of the background but we can see it very well. Nice lighting. Good job.

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