Here Be Dragons


Eastern Water Dragons have long been on my list of species to shoot - and though they're not hard to find, they're still difficult to photograph if you're not in Australia all that often!

I'd heard stories of colourful, spiny crested lizards of over a metre in length laying on the shores of Eastern Australia every since I was a child... so the first opportunity I had to get over to New South Wales and Queensland, I set out with camera in hand to photograph some of these beautiful, prehistoric-looking creatures.

Large Eastern Water Dragon Among Leaflitter and Grass Near Rainbow Bay in Queensland, Australia

This impressive individual was in between basking spots, just off of the sandy beaches at Rainbow Bay in Southern Queensland. He was almost a metre long and the colours along the sides of his body and head didn't disappoint. I got down onto the ground with him and took a whole series of shots as he eyed me cautiously - the dappled sunlight illuminating patches of his spiny scales beautifully for the images!

He was surprisingly one of many, many lizards in the area - all of them quite unperturbed by the bustle of tourists and surfers (and me!) moving around them...

How Did You Shoot That?

The Settings:

Shoot Mode: Manual

Shutter Speed: 1/640

Aperture: f/5.6

ISO: 320

Focal Length: 252mm

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