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    Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Hi,

    I was looking for some fairy wrens this morning and walked passed this fellow sunning himself on the grass.

    Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.
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    Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Canon EOS 1Ds Mk3 EF300mm IS USM f4. 1/125 f8 ISO 400

    I looked away to adjust my tripod and get a little more comfortable, and as soon as I looked away he dived in the water and swam across the river.

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Quote Originally Posted by gcowan View Post
    I looked away to adjust my tripod and get a little more comfortable, and as soon as I looked away he dived in the water and swam across the river.
    Must have been annoyed that it thought you'd finished the shoot.

    I particularly like the composition and the way you have presented that first one. The vignette works very well, I think.

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    Thanks Donald,

    The grass was really sharp and saturated green, it was a work of necessity to get the focus on the lizard.

    A similar thing happened to me later when I was photographing some sleeping ducks, but it was an eagle that frightened them.

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    These turned out really nice. I enjoyed looking at them.

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    #2 is a really cool shot and the pp is just right for it. Cool....

    The 2nd is good too.

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Once again, excellent shots.

    I often find a similar problem with insects. As long as I watch them, from a safe distance and without moving, they remain still; but as soon as I look away they take that as a chance to 'escape'.

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff F View Post
    I often find a similar problem with insects. As long as I watch them, from a safe distance and without moving, they remain still; but as soon as I look away they take that as a chance to 'escape'.
    Thanks Geoff,

    It makes you wonder what they are watching. They must watch your eyes I guess, and it seems they are not fooled by that eye the camera lens.

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Thanks Maggie & Bobo,

    I am primarily a landscape photographer these days but seeing this fellow was too good to pass up. As it turned out there were no Fairy Wrens.

    Graham

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    Great shots Graham, they move pretty quick so you did well

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    Graham,

    These are great shots of a beautiful creature. Getting those two shots before he decided to go for a swim is much better than getting none at all!

    Great work,

    - Jacob

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    Re: Water Dragon - It must be the time of year.

    Harry and Jacob,

    Thanks. He did sit there long enough for me to walk around him for a better angle and then set up my tripod. It was early morning so I guess he was warming up in the sun. I just got too intrusive for him.
    By the way Harry which National Park were you in? I was in the Royal.
    Graham

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