Prairie Lizard chows down in front of Camera, Reptile Photography




Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M5 II
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko 60mm f2.8 Macro
Configuration: normal
Extension Tubes: no
Image Stack: no
Stackware: n/a
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/400th sec
ISO: 200
Light Source: natural light, sunny
Stabilization: Hand held
Subject Size: 19 cm
Species: Prairie Lizard (sceloporus consobrinus)
Location: Golden, Colorado

On a hot, sunny afternoon in late May I was prowling the foothills of Golden, CO for some insect shots. On top of South Table Mountain I came across this hearty female Prairie Lizard near some boulders. I startled her while basking and she scurried ahead just a bit. I had my Raynox 250 close-up filter attached to my Olympus 60mm macro lens and I hurried to screw it off. While I was doing so I heard the the skitter of tiny claws across rock and then a crunch. I knew right away that she’d caught a Grasshopper, but was nervous that I’d be able to capture a good shot. Amazingly she let me get as close as I needed to as long as I didn’t make any abrupt movements.

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