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Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor
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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: 2005-04-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Fujifilm Finepix S5000, Fujinon 10X zoom
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lizards - Lagartos - Lézards, Australian Reptiles and Frogs, Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-05-05 8:05
Viewed: 5057
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lace Monitor (Varanus varius) is widespread across the Australian continent and grows to a total length of 2m, making this a big lizard. It is a ground dwelling lizard but climbs trees easily in search of birds eggs, insects, other reptiles and mammals. They shelter in burrows or hollow logs and are mostly active during the day, but will sometimes forage at night during warm weather. They are generally slow moving, but like most large monitor lizards, can run quite quickly when pressed. They live in open woodland, heaths and sandy deserts. They usually don’t pose any danger to humans and can be found in camping grounds where they forage for food scraps.
The left hand image shows the whole goanna, including the diagnostic pale-tipped tail. The right hand image shows head and forearm detail, and those impressively clawed hands. As you can see the light was not great and I used fill flash to try and capture as much detail as possible.
This one was captured at Crystal Creek a beautiful swimming hole near Townsville. I’ve included a shot of the swimming hole in the workshop to give you an idea of the habitat.

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  • alois Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 107] (1205)
  • [2005-05-05 9:14]

Very interesting and informative photo & workshop for me Chris. I hope I'll be able to wait around a similar swimming hole like this one. TFS !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-05-05 9:17]

Very nice shot and presentation Chris!
Sharpness,details and coomposition are perfect.

Very good shot Chris!
The light isn't maybe perfect, but the rest is very good. Great subject captured with good POV and compsition.
I like it very much.
Well done!

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-05 12:54]

very nice Chris,
first I thought that it where twins, but then I saw it, very good details in the good composition, with good pov and a very good note, golod job.
gr. Jaap

This is one big Lizard Chris,
Well presented, good details and colours.
Crystal creek looks wonderful, great post.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-06 3:56]

Hello Chris,

Both photos are very nice and the way you presented the both of them is excellent. Details are good and colors are very nice. Good POV & DOF. Well done & TFS! The overall shot in the WS is a very nice touch. It shows us where you shot your pics and that's good.


Very nice side by side Chris..Must've been great to see one of these monsters out in the wild..The shot of the creek is great also. I've wanted to visit down under since I was a kid..Hopefully I'll make it down there before I leave the planet! OK, you can thank me for sharing now! ;-)

That's a good size Goanna!!!
Excelent shots, and well presented and composed.
The croc guy would love this one. What's his name, the controversial issue with the croc and baby.?

Hey, are a true outbacker?

Sorry mate, I don't think this is a Sand Monitor. I am not too familiar with this one (looks like V. varius?) but I know V. gouldii as we have them in Papua as well. I would love to meet this fellow in the wild, whatever it is!

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