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Water Monitor (juvenile)

Water Monitor (juvenile)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-01-14
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-14 8:09
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Points: 10
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the day before yesterday i had posted a photograph of an adult Bengal Monitor which was basking. i had given the details of this species too (in my note). in that note, i had also mentioned that, young Bengal Monitors were capable of and liked to climb trees. so, here is the practical example of it! :)

i took this photograph today, at the Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary. this young Bengal Monitor, which had climbed a dead date-palm tree, was basking over there for almost the whole day. this is the second time, i saw this baby Bengal Monitor at that place. two months back, this particular dead tree used to be the nest of a Lineated Barbet. the Barbet had actually made a whole over there.. a little below the tail of the Bengal Monitor here.
so when i first saw this Bengal Monitor on the top of this tree, i thought it was after the eggs or babies of the Barbet. don't know the actual fact. but now i can understand that, this tree is no more the nest of that Barbet, and this baby Bengal Monitor still climbs that tree. which may conclude that climbing this tree was for basking purpose only. and i don't think a baby Bengal Monitor is smart enough to eat birds... as i had always known, they are very shy and like to avoid problems.

19th April, 2012:

One correction. It is not Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis), but Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)... and juvenile, yes.
Sorry :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-01-14 9:50]

Hello Ruby,
Nice one of a juvenile Monitor on a palm tree trunk. The slightly OOF tree BG adds to the composition, though I might have preferred a vertical format to match the monitor. The POV is great and taken to show its features with fine sharpness and natural colours.
Thanks and regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-01-14 19:39]
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Hello Ruby,
What an impressive image of this young Monitor Lizard. It looks like it is fairly large and muscular. We don't have any lizards living here in Ohio, so I am always thrilled just to be able to view one. I can't imagine living in an area where these guys roam freely. Wonderful photo and very informative notes!! TFS.

Hello Ruby,
It looks like the top of the dead date-palm is a peaceful place to get full sunlight and away from human. A nice scene and well taken photo.

I like your first person impressions of the area where you, apparently, go shooting frequently, Ruby.
The juvenile Monitor seems to have a good time up there on the stump of a tree. The frame is appealing in terms of portrayal of the subject vis-a-vis the surroundings.

Hello Ruby,
Wow!... Nice reptil, shoted in awesome extreme natural way!... Congratualtions!

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