The eye of the dragon

A male sand lizard, Lacerta agilis, posing in front of my camera. This is one of the four or five common lizard species in Germany but you rarely see them this colourful. The liitle guy undoubtedly was on his way to a date with his favourite lady lizard when I trouped along and interrupted his romantic plans. No doubt he was extremely annoyed with me - just see the expression in his eye :-) April 8th 2007


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12 - Apr 11, 2007 12:36 pm - Voted 10/10


Congrats! Paolo

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 12, 2007 3:12 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Greeeeeaaaaat!

Thanks, Paolo - at first I thought a kid had lost its toy dinosaur. But this dwarf dinosaur was real. Every now and then he dared to breathe and you could see his heartbeat.


luciano - Apr 11, 2007 1:04 pm - Voted 10/10


Hey Gandolf. Fantastic shot. But how you can determinate the sex?

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 12, 2007 3:14 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Thanks!

The sex? It is a very complicated procedure. Luckily the guy didn't move as I performed it :-)

Actually I found this page on where there are other shots of both male and female


luciano - Apr 12, 2007 9:36 am - Voted 10/10

Re: Thanks!

Great information Gandolf. I like it.


BazZ - Apr 11, 2007 1:09 pm - Voted 10/10

Nice one

I took a bit a simular picture this weekend. I shall upload it also.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 12, 2007 3:17 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice one

Yours might be a Podarcis muralis, a wall lizard


Turbo - Apr 11, 2007 1:20 pm - Voted 10/10

Really cool

Thats a very cool picture. It's nice to see pictures on SP that are different from the normal but still relevant to enjoying nature.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 12, 2007 3:19 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Really cool

Thanks, yes every now and then I like to see something different than mountains, snow and ice. And tell you what - it's spring and these critters feel the call of nature and put on their most colourful clothes to impress their females.

Life is beautiful...

AviP - Apr 11, 2007 1:28 pm - Hasn't voted

Nice shot.

Excellent photography. As to how he determined it was a male, I think he might have been a bit voyeuristic. Just kidding!

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 12, 2007 3:23 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice shot.

This one didn't hide his gender in any way - the females are brown all over, the males have a green head and belly. And when they get in the mood - they get as brightly green as this one...


Herb - Apr 12, 2007 3:21 am - Voted 10/10

This guy... pretty cool! He looks like if his tongue would come out any second.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 12, 2007 3:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: This guy...

Are you sure? I think he presses his lips tightly together to show what he thinks of my intrusion


Herb - Apr 12, 2007 3:26 am - Voted 10/10

Maybe...'s just wishful thinking, because I would have been tempted to give the picture 11 points, if the tongue would show up in the lizard-typical style ;)


Charles - Apr 12, 2007 5:18 am - Voted 10/10

lovely creature

Great shot, great caption!



Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 13, 2007 2:43 am - Hasn't voted

Re: lovely creature

Thanks - glad you liked both :-)

Dave Daly

Dave Daly - Apr 12, 2007 11:59 am - Voted 10/10


I know someone who would just go gah-gah over this shot ;) Yep, he looks annoyed alright.

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 13, 2007 2:45 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Cute

If we didn't have the image uploading issues right now I would have posted a real close-up shot, which I had missed to download from the camera. Eye of the dragon quality - you your lady might look out for that one as well ;-)


marauders - Apr 12, 2007 7:55 pm - Hasn't voted

Nice macro!

Nice macro shot. Very sharp. What lens did you use?

Gangolf Haub

Gangolf Haub - Apr 13, 2007 2:48 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice macro!

It was'nt even a macro lense - which I had thought unnecessary for the tour. Instead I used my one-size-fit-all 18mm - 200mm zoom lense (Minolta) which only works that well when there is enough light. 6.3 at 200mm really is a bit low - but that day I was real lucky.

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