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By Dusan
Hello all,
Still not much time for EPZ. Too busy at work! will catch up soon..
Here's one I took while I was at lunch Today. Enjoy.
This one is specially for Adderwatcher
Thank you for your comments on "Trumpet"
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Dusan

Varanus bengalensis is mainly found in the lowland dry zone of the country, but reaches elevations of ca. 500m. It is one of the most widely distributed of the living varanids. It inhabit a large range of habitats ranging from arid desert fringes to rainforests, but is most common in farmlands (particularly the coconut plantations) and dry, open forests. Land monitors reach a maximum snout to vent length of about 140 cm in Sri Lanka and large specimens can weigh over 10 kg. Land monitors spend the nights in burrows, where their body temperature decreases. The following morning they must raise their body temperatures by basking before commencing activity, hence they are rarely active early in the morning. Younger Land monitors frequent the vicinity of rivers, and that adults are found in drier forest, scrublands and grasslands unlike the water monitors which do not usually venture far from the water. They are excellent climbers. Even large adults can ascend vertical tree trunks with ease, and they are reported to be agile enough to stalk and capture even roosting bats. Despite their large size, these lizards get most of their nutrition from tiny prey and feed mainly on beetles, grubs, orthopterans, scorpions, snails, ants and other small invertebrates, which are consumed in enormous numbers. Hence they are important biological controllers of agricultural pests.

Tags: Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: colmar, CarolG, mudge and 55 more

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Comments


colmar 13 42 35 Scotland
30 Jan 2010 1:21PM
Would not want to come too close to this beastie ! Well captured Colin
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
30 Jan 2010 2:08PM
An excellent capture, Dusan, and a very informative write-up. Carol
mudge 18 1.0k 75 England
30 Jan 2010 2:15PM
Nice capture
saeidNL 10 3 Netherlands
30 Jan 2010 2:22PM
great shot.thanks for sharing.
saeid
30 Jan 2010 2:39PM
wonderful image great detail and a fab write up
RTDS 12 Cyprus
30 Jan 2010 3:03PM
Great low view capture.
The details are awsome.
Robert
clicknimagine Plus
10 713 101 India
30 Jan 2010 3:06PM
beautiful shot...
Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
30 Jan 2010 3:45PM
What a fantastic shot Dusan, such great detail.
Bob
johnlwadd 12 7 England
30 Jan 2010 3:57PM
A stunning capture with excellent detail.
Kind Regards
John
30 Jan 2010 4:31PM

Quote:An excellent capture, Dusan, and a very informative write-up. Carol

I agree with carol Dusan.
jaktis 16 84 Sweden
30 Jan 2010 4:40PM
A great close up

Peter
sable 12 9 7 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 5:03PM
Guess who'se coming to dinner?!! What a great shot - Elizabeth
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
30 Jan 2010 5:51PM
Superb detail and a great close-up. Sounds like a friend if he/she eats all those grubs and snails!

Ann
Dave_Holdham 11 4 1 Wales
30 Jan 2010 5:51PM
Wonderful detailed image, nice work Dusan
Amanita05 10 11 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 5:58PM
Very Interesting reading Dusan!
Great Closeup of this Magnificent Creature!

Alan.
LukeParkinson 10 30 3 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:09PM
Superb shot with excellent detail
30 Jan 2010 6:26PM
Great shot Dusan, lovely detail captured

Chris
baclark 11 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:27PM
Super sharp capture and interesting info.
Barbara
morpheus1955 13 3 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:29PM
Superb shot, excellent detail, and interesting write up.

Hugh
hary60 11 2 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:32PM
Excellent shot with very good detail
Harry
User_Removed 11 80 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:34PM
Great capture!
Adderwatcher 11 60 19 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 6:51PM
Gorgeous looking monitor, fantastic shot Dusan. Excellent detail in this image. The best you have taken, i'm honoured.
Scott
astyag 13 12
30 Jan 2010 7:10PM
Brilliant, wow! so lively, nicely closed up, for a moment I thought it will come out of my screen! well done my friend
Astyag
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 7:39PM
great shot to have in your PF - thanks for your visit today
Shootme 11 England
30 Jan 2010 7:51PM
Great shot Dusan, these big beasties are a bit scarey, but never the less beautiful animals. Great write up.

Jim.
EMJAYCEE Plus
11 10 10 England
30 Jan 2010 7:57PM
As soon as I saw the thumbnail I thought of Scott (Aderwatcher)! This is a grand image and lots of info too.
Joan.
30 Jan 2010 7:58PM
Good capture,
Alan
30 Jan 2010 8:45PM
Lovely fellow. Wonderful detail.

RJ
Roly 13 Wales
30 Jan 2010 10:00PM
Super detail and DOF.Nice work.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
30 Jan 2010 10:05PM

Quote:Wonderful detailed image, nice work Dusan

My very thoughts Dusan.
Ron
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2010 10:46PM
Super image and interesting write up.
Carol
Growmore 11 4 3 England
31 Jan 2010 1:26AM
Great close up. Gary
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
31 Jan 2010 3:57AM
Awesome close-up Dusan. Great detail in him.........Sandy
Ray42 12 3 England
31 Jan 2010 7:59AM
A great shot and interesting write up
Shroomer 13 14 167 England
31 Jan 2010 8:15AM
A superb beast Duson, witnessed similar to this in Oz years ago. As you say not a beast to get close to. Great detail and capture
Richard
SandraKay Plus
13 233 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 12:54PM
Not often you meet up with a creature like this at lunchtime. Wink Excellent detail in this one.
Sandra
cantona43 15 928 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2010 9:41PM
this is excellent the detail and texture are both second to none
Neil
metro074 10 8 Australia
1 Feb 2010 11:12AM
Awesome! How lucky were you! Well done Dusan it is a wonderful capture
Carol
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
1 Feb 2010 2:41PM
fantastic close up of this dragon
Dennis
LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 5:22PM
Great detailed capture of this impressive creature.
Jekaro 11 1 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2010 8:12PM
A fantastic detailed close up capture, Dusan.
Roy
2 Feb 2010 5:38AM
detailed shot.. nice one..
2 Feb 2010 11:40AM
great shot
Gareth
2 Feb 2010 11:51PM
What a face! Love monitors.
FeatherFriend 12 38 217 England
3 Feb 2010 2:15PM
A great close up Dusan, lovely detail,
Geoff.
Pegon 15 78 1 England
3 Feb 2010 4:51PM
Excellent detail captured, a cracking shot and a good write-up.
Pete.
Suehh 13 39 6 England
3 Feb 2010 8:49PM
Oooh er! as they say in England! Great capture - so well done! Sue

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