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Acanthocercus atricollis

Acanthocercus atricollis
Photo Information
Copyright: Annick Vanderschelden (vanderschelden) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 74 N: 7464] (30441)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-22
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 400mm 2.8 IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Kruger National Park
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 2, Kruger National Park 1, Vanderschelden's Africa, World of Reptiles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-13 9:41
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Favorites: 5 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Day 19.(19/20).
Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Spotted this one in a tree; thought I might be a Burchell's starling as these are quite common and have the same vivid bluish colour. Then I saw it was something completely different...

An agama is any one of the various small, long-tailed, insect-eating lizards of the genus Agama. The agamid genus is composed of at least 31 species across Africa.

Shooting Date/Time
22/10/2007 16:17:36
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EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
Focal Length
400,0 mm
Image size
3888 x 2592
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One-Shot AF
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Thank you for your critiques.
Have a nice day, evening,...;-)

Update: Concerning the exact identification, I'm very happy to guide you to Loot's critique and work. Thanks Loot!

fartash, JoseMiguel, Pentaxfriend, loot, SelenE, undoredo, rakeshgupta, Alex99, horia, Silke, Maite, chrisruth, Raptorman has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To gjoess: Yes, I knew...vanderschelden 1 11-07 09:43
To Heyshamite: Hello Petervanderschelden 2 11-14 01:11
To loot: Thank you, Lootvanderschelden 1 11-13 11:45
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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-13 9:46]

Hello Annick,
a further impressive and technically perfect picture from your South Africa Collection. The brilliant colours and the light are well balanced. A very attractive and well-composed picture. Superb!!!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-13 9:48]

Hi Annick,
Wonderful shot.
Just marking it to come back later with a proper critique.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-13 9:50]

Amazing detail and color, wonderful composition and background. I'm not sure it's my favourite animal, but the photo is great.

Ha Annick,

Prachtig shot
Fasinerende kleuren hebben deze beesten
Schitterende lichtval op kop en rug
Perfecte scherpte, POF en achtergrond

TFS Thijs

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-13 10:54]

Hi Annick,
a wonderful image of this fabulous lizard!
The POV is just superb!
That blue is so vibrent and vivid. Beautiful colours that are very striking.
Amazing sharpness, detail and clarity. I can almost feel the roughness of those spiky scales.
Perfect composition.
Superb DOF and BG that causes the lizard to stand out even more.
Striking contrast.
--- Nothing :)
Very well done.

Hi Annick,
Just to say how good I think the pose caught is.
The vivid blue tone of its skin really stands out of the image.
A great composition!
Congratulations and thanks to post it.
Best regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-11-13 11:43]
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Hi Annick

In Afrikaans we call this the "Bloukopkoggelmander" and its distribution range stretch as far down south to Zululand (where I live). I regularly have the privilege to see one of these in my garden.

There seem to be quite a bit of confusion when searching the Internet for information on this reptile though. For example, when reviewing the English common name, you might find descriptions such as:- Blueheaded Southern Tree Agama, Blue Headed Tree Agama, Southern Tree Agama, Tree Agama, Blue-throated Agama, etc. As if this does not provide enough bewilderment the genus/species names also present quite a variety of results such as:- Acanthocercus atricollis, Acanthocerus atricollis, Acanthocecerus atricollis, Acanthocercus atricollis atricollis, and an apparent older classification has it as Agama atricollis.

After all this mystification it seems like you can pretty much settle for Southern Tree Agama (Source) - Acanthocercus atricollis (Source) and just for positive visual identification you can refer to this link.

A splendid capture with perfect sharp details, amazing lighting, great DOF & BG, and excellent breeding colours presented by this lovely specimen.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-11-13 12:20]

Hi Annick,
It has wonderful colors, nice to see all those tones of blue. Catchlight in the eye, the background, focus, sharpness, lighting, POV and composition are very good. Well done and TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Annick,
Beautiful colours on this ugly little animal. I like the pose and the eye contact.
Again, well done.

Hi Annick,

This looks a little like the lizards I used to see on trees when I lived in Zambia, although these ones spat - I was terrified of them. I love the detail you hhave captured and the colourful scales show up really well. Nice eye contact and perfect pov.

Kind regards,


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  • gail Gold Star Critiquer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-13 17:18]

Hello Annick,
Thanks for sharing this wonderfully colored critter! Clarity is superb!

Hi Annick,
This is looking great. The bokeh is excellent and highlighting on Agama. I like the sharp and crisp colours of the Agama. Your POV is excellent. Good to see that it is watching you or your camera's blinking AF light (I think).
Thanks for sharing.

Magnifique photo! Superbes couleurs et très belle pose de l'animal.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-11-13 22:52]

Magnifique détail et position très photogénique.
Bonne journée.

Once again a technically fantastic photo. I have not noticed this much detail when I have seen the lizard live.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-14 0:29]

Hello Annick,
This is fantastic portrait!
Magnificent detail and colors!
Like the composition and framing too

Hi Annick
Vivid blue on gray. Fantastic shots. Colors and contrasts are amazing. Also great composition ans sharpness
I like it very much

ooohh Annick,

Cette photo est une splendeur!
Le piqué avec des détails d'une grande finesse, les couleurs éclatantes, la mise en image très bien choisie.
Une petite merveille!


Hello Annick,
Wonderful! What an amazing creature you present here!
What can I say? It couldn't be better. :-)
Outstanding details and colours, with excellent composition here!
WoW!!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo.
My favorite!!
Best wishes,

Hello Annick
Very intersting reptile shot :o)
Perfect details,exposure and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.


This is a beautiful blue animal Annick that you captured in excellent composition. He or she has an eye on you :)

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-11-14 6:14]

Annick, WOW what a beauty and what a view. The angle is class and also the look of the animal. Lovely position. Ganesh

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-14 7:43]

Hello Annick,
Die heeft vast een blauwtje gelopen. (klinkt niet in het engels) Maar niet bij jou. Perfecte focus en scherpte. Prachtig licht en mooie kleuren. Steekt fantastisch af tegen de achtergrond en een goede compositie.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-14 10:05]

Hi Annick.
Your trip have brought you golden trophies. This is one of them. All is superb especially eye-contact, razor sharpness and details and colours. Bravo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-11-14 10:24]

Hi Annick

Hahh...you know me and reptiles :) I envy you again, my friend :p
Look at this fantastic vivid colors!!! How can somebody not be fascinated by this?!? I really like agamas although i've only seen one in one of my trips in the US, of course, in an encloser. I never had the opportunity to go somewhere and find one in the wild.
You did, and you took great advantage of it and took this smashing shot!
Not only is the agama superbly presented - with terrific sharpness and having used a perfect DOF - but also in a great pose and composed so nicely.

Bravo, my friend and TFS

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-11-14 13:09]

That is NOOOOOOOOOO starling!
Great colours, comp and details.
There is a whole BOOK of images coming down from you -- wonderful!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-14 16:08]

Hi Annick, this is a superb shot of this amazing little Agama! It couldn't be better. Perfect focus with excellent detail, sharpness and a wonderful array of colours. Very well presented making a beautiful composition.

Hi Annick.
Wow, amazing vivid blue. As always, superb photography, such a pleasure to view your images and especially to see all the different subjects you saw on your trip.
Excellent sharpness, exposure, colour, DOF and detail.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-15 12:34]

Magnificent shot!! Really great!
I love the color of this curious lizard.
Excellent details.

PT :)

Great colors, Annick!

Hello Annick.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Annick

Very impressed that you have managed macro like details with a 400mm! Excellent shot with brilliant colors, pose and OOF BG.

TFS and Best

Hello Annick,
Wonderful photo. Love how the lizards head comes to center and his color is beautiful. Great detail.Well done. All my best.

wonderful composition and background.Beautiful colours that are very striking.

A very attractive and well-composed picture.

Another one, I wont have enough with my 20 critics!

An excellent detail and a very good composition. A perfect light and find the angle. Thanks for sharing this wonderfull picture with us and CONGRATULATIONS !!!

Hello Annick ,
i saw this excellent photo today .
Congratulations .

Great shot. Very bright and sharp. I guess I know what beast I took a picture off as well now.


wonderful specie, great sharpness for this shot



One of the nicest images of a agama. The exposure shows true colors and perfect detail in this awesome capture of your subject sitting on a nice soft background. Well done Annick. Keep'em coming.

hi there Annick,
love it.........

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