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Corfu Dreams

Corfu Dreams
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-25 23:49
Viewed: 6201
Points: 26
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Corfu - place I wanted to visit from years, mainly because of Durrells brothers books and fantastic wild life there. Finally I did it and it was great as I expected!

The Blue-throated Keeled Lizard or Dalmatian Algyroides (Algyroides nigropunctatus) is a species of lizard in the Lacertidae family. It is found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Slovenia. Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, arable land, pastureland, plantations , rural gardens, and urban areas. It is threatened by habitat loss.

The maximum length is 25 cm which makes it quite a lot bigger than any of the other Algyroides species. The lizard can be recognized by the keeled V shaped scales on the flanks, tail and back. It owes its name to the bright blue throat of the males in the mating season. Sometimes also females get a blue throat that is less bright. The remainder of the body is light brown to rusty brown, the belly is white to yellowish. It owes its scientific name to the rows of black dots on the back. These dots are mostly missing in females outside the mating season.

The Blue-throated Keeled Lizard likes to climb. Its habitat consists of hedges , walls and ruins. The food consists of insects, worms, and other small invertebrates.

The animals are very easily frightened and are not often kept in captivity due to the protected status.

Only two or four eggs are laid, but it has been assumed that females can procuce eggs both in early spring and early autumn. The males bite the females in the neck during mating and don't let go for quite some time which is common for Algyroides lizards.

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Hello Grzegorz,
If ever I've seen a beautiful image of a lizard then it's this one. I like the focus on the head with clear sharp details and stunning colors and the faded body in the background. Perfect POV to me and good eye contact. Interesting notes. Well done and thanks for sharing.

very interesting to see the brilliant colors on the face of amphibian. great sharpness. interesting species. good clarity. thanks for sharing.

Ciao Grzegorz, amazing lizard with fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, great capture, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hello Greg,
long time no see, old friend, it's great to see you again.
I hope you are doing well.
This lizard are really shimmering in colours, very nice.
The lizard is sharp where it counts, it's aslo well composed with a nice POV.
Well done.

A striking image, beautifully photographed. regards yiannis

Superb close up of this colourful Lizard,Fine detail on the head and
good POV.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-06-26 10:04]

Fantastic first floor of algiroide male. I have photographed in the Karst of Trieste in Italy where it is frequent. Beautiful colors and excellent detail. Really a beautiful image.

fantastic colours and dramatic capture, TFS Ori

HI Grzegorz,

Wonderful shot of this colorful lizard. The POV is great & nice composition.
Well done & TFS.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-26 13:45]

Hi Grzegorz.
Very beautiful and detailed shot of this magnificent lizard. I really like composition and DOF. Sharpness details and amazing tones of colors are very pleasant on look. Well done! Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Hello Grzegorz,
What a superb photo captured with wonderful colours, fine details and great focus on the head. The DOF is excellent. Well done!

Hallo Greg
I would love to leave my penny of thoughts at this great macro. What a beauty! You have captured The Blue-throated Keeled Lizard well with its prominent markings and colours and the details is well seen and displayed. I love the light in the image as it just add extra wow to the finer details in the scene. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

What a beauty Grzegorz. The picture and the lizard I mean. Amazing colours and perfect pov.

Hello Grzegorz,
The beautifully brilliant colours make up for the fall-off in focus on the less colourful body. An excellent image. Well done.

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