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Mating colors 2

Mating colors 2
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-21
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Reptiles - Lizards, Chuckwallas, Agamas & Tegus 1, Reptiles of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-03 8:27
Viewed: 3414
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Podarcis tauricus - the Balkan Wall Lizard

This little and cute lizard can be found in the Balkans but not east Adriatic area north of Albania. It extends north to Hungary, S- and E-Romania and the Black Sea coast of the Crimea; also found in Corfu, the Ionian and Strofades islands and Thasopoula near Thasos Island in the north Aegean. Found in one or two localities on coast of NW-Asiatic Turkey.

Adults can reach up to 8cm from snout to vent (smaller in north of range). The tail can sometimes be twice body length (that why you don’t see it all in the picture:)). The back of the adults is often bright grassy green in spring (more olive or brown in summer). The rest of the dorsal pattern varies geographically. In most populations (P.t. tauricus), animals have a pair of narrow light dorsolateral stripes (or occasionally rows of spots) bordered towards the centre of back by a brown area overlaid by black blotches.

Typically found on flattish dry ground with at least some covering of grass or other low vegetation, their usual habitats include: meadows, steppes, field borders, crops, sparsely vegetated dunes by the sea and road and path verges. It is mainly a lowland species found below 800 m, but it can reach 2350 m in southern Greece.

I found this little male this spring, during a bigger trip to Dobrogea. It displayed a beautiful coloration probably because it was their mating period. He was calm and relaxed, and didn’t feel like running away, so I managed to take a few shots.

Hope you like him :)

Part of the info – from the Euroherp database
PP - with Photoshop: crop, sharpned auto levels/contrast and resized for TN

jcoowanitwong, lovenature, marhowie, RAP, gelor, cecilia, SkyF, hester, liquidsunshine, eruyanik, jeanpaul, dew77, ddg, firelord, Alex_Strugariu, nainnain, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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Hello Horia,
Sharp and well seen image. Seem that this one is out for sun bathing. Very well done and TFS.

Hello Horia
Nice colours and sharp focus here as he sits on his rock.
He is a very cute little Wall Lizard, with such interesting marking.
TFS Janice


He has some wonderful colours in him doesn't he? I love the detail visible. Great DOF and POV.


Hello Horia,
Sharp and clear, with great detail, color and exposure.
Nice POV and good framing in your closeup as well.
Interesting color variations to be seen :)
Great job with this and TFS!

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-08-03 9:38]

Hello Horia,
What a great shot of this lizard, so colourfull, sharp and full of details.
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-03 9:46]

Mucho colorido y bueno POV para retratar esta lagartija Horia.
Adecuado DOF y aprovechamiento de la luz, aunque un F6 o mayor aun, hubiese permitido tener la cola más en foco.
Buen trabajo.
Saludos... Ricardo

Much colorful and good POV to portray this small lizard Horia.
Adapted DOF and use of the light, although a F6 or greater even, had allowed to have the tail in more focus.
Good job.
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • DOBIS Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
  • [2006-08-03 10:56]

Hello Horia,
interesting creature coloured nicely.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-08-03 11:07]

Bonjour Horia,
Belle prise de vue : netteté et couleurs très belles. Beau Travail !

Sal Horia,

Very nice shot!
I`ve never seen a P. taurica collored like this, it is very interesting.
Great collors and details!

Nice, and tack sharp. Well done.

Hi Horia,
This is a great portrait of this colorfull lizard. Nice colors, POV, DOF and details. TFS,

Excellent shot! with great detail and so colourful. nicely done.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-03 15:19]

Hello Horia,
wonderful shot, the details on this lizzard are very nice. Good POV and the colors are wonderful.
Well done

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-03 15:30]

Stunning colours and nicely sharp. Interesting note too

oh, great colors, sharp and details. The sunlight are good and the picture look much natural.

Wow! Mating colours are great colours indeed! This handsome guy has irresistable attractiveness indeed! Superb pov and framing. Amazing details and colour! A great post:-)

Hello Horia, excllent Colors, perfect details, very crisp, perfect use of light well done , TFS Kyle

Great capture Horia,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great end to the week

Bonsoir Horia
Beau spécimen ce lézard avec ces couleurs sobres mais parfaitement exposée. Les détails sont superbes et la netteté excellente.

Merci pour l'envoie...JP

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-03 22:57]

Hi Horia

Very nice capture , the detail is very good. Excellent colours and sharpness.Good POV and DOF.TFS


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-04 4:26]

Hello Horia,
Very nice capture.Details are crisp clear and razorsharp,exposure is spot on.I liked POV,sharpness,colors and composition also a lot.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-08-04 4:32]

Bonjour Horia, ce lézard vert est de toute beauté. J'ai essayé à maintes reprises de faire cette photo mais sans succés!! Great shot and a perfect POV and DOF. I like the colors too, very well done, Didier.

bonsoir HORIA

Hi Horia,
Spotted this reptile in Featured Destination: Constanta, Romania...
Amazing breeding colours.
Well done

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