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Out in the bush this weekend. Was photographing a family of monkeys and following them quietly down to the Zambezi river. I looked up and saw 2 large monitor lizards locked in embrace and thrashing the water rushing past me in the current. I managed to squeeze off 5 frames as they shot past, but sadly only had a 70-200mm on my camera at the time - so this pic is a severe crop. In my whole life in Africa, I have never seen this or heard of it before? Has anyone? Are they mating or fighting? cheers gareth

Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:70-200mm
Recording media:raw
Title:never seen before
Username:gbentley gbentley
Uploaded:28 May 2006 - 1:09 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104253 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2006 - 1:11 AM

well caught...didn't even knew they swam..suggest they're mating..

jeff

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SoupyD
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28 May 2006 - 1:11 AM

I can't help with the behaviour I am afraid...all I know is you witnessed and captured something extraordinary...well done...

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georg
georg e2 Member 9georg vcard South Africa
28 May 2006 - 1:15 AM

by this embrace I would say they are mating!!
georg

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Briwooly
Briwooly e2 Member 9452 forum postsBriwooly vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
28 May 2006 - 1:48 AM

wow what a capture brilliant
Brian....

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Dennie
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28 May 2006 - 2:58 AM

Scarey site. Amazing capture. Denise x

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DYankee
DYankee  8 United States
28 May 2006 - 3:58 AM

What a great photo op.!
Well caught!
Dawn Smile

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mickf1
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28 May 2006 - 4:25 AM

Well caught

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28 May 2006 - 2:03 PM

Great capture.like it a lot
Pauline

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Tina_Michelle
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28 May 2006 - 5:26 PM

I almost had an image like this last week..not of this type of lizard, but of a much smaller pair of lizards called anoles..the two males suddenly charged at each other and bit each other over the mouth, just as these two are doing, except of course on land, after a few moments they let go and ran off.apparently it is their mating season for the anoles here as they do a display of the "flag" of skin under their chins, also as a warning that that is their "territory".I missed out on capturing the two I had seen because the fight was over very quickly.

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Tashelm
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31 May 2006 - 11:48 PM

Hi Gareth, I spent most of my life on the Zambezi River banks and although I've seen hundreds of these leggies I have never had the luck you've had in seeing something like this, great capture. My uncle (Zooologist)has told me before that these guy's mate in water, so I'd go with matingSmile.
Natasha

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