Category Archives: lizard

Common Lizard at Watts Bank

Keeping to my ‘promise’ to only post reasonable shots I’m pleased to say that our local lizards are back in town. They live at the edge of the car park at work, on a grassy bank that is a rare urban example of Downs grassland. There’s not much of it, but a key part of the local green corridor.

This is the view from the bank towards the car park. My office is in the PortaKabin on the right.

Watts Car Park at University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus

The lizards tend to hang out in the corner, near the edge. There were three out today, keeping close to a rusting pipe that has been dumped in the undergrowth. I suffered a little bit of wrong-lens complex (I just had a 50mm lens with me, not my zoom or macro). This shot is the best of those I got of the lizards. It’s a nice pose and not too much grass in the way.

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Common lizard at the edge of Watts Bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb

Camera note: both photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens.

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Ant and Lizard

Now this could have been a bit of reckless move…

Common lizard at Watts bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus

Common lizard and ant at Watts bank, University of Brighton, Moulsecoomb campus

Ant and Lizard detail

Ant and Lizard detail

Of course the other lizard was lounging around as well…

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Lounge Lizard

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Resting that weary head

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And one last shot of the green lizard

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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Variety Pack #234

All sorts of bits and pieces today. It’s probably not quite #234 in a series, but it’s the kind of post I haven’t done for a while. I’ll start with an old friend from Falmer Pond, taken yesterday. It’s a duck (not a rat in case you were hoping.)

Duck reflected in Falmer pond

Duck reflected in Falmer pond

Also from yesterday a shy lizard (the green one again)

Common lizard campus

Common lizard campus

And a rude lizard!

Common lizard showing forked tongue

Common lizard showing forked tongue

This morning took me down to Brighton seafront (I’m all over the place at the moment for work). These were taken around 8.30am in foggy conditions. The first is the latest iconic Brighton structure, the incomparably dreadful i360.

i360 (i-Sore) tower in the mist on Brighton seafront

i360 (i-Sore) tower in the mist on Brighton seafront

Much more to my taste are the stunning ruins of the old West Pier. I never tire of them.

The ruins of the iconic West Pier, Brighton

The ruins of the iconic West Pier, Brighton

Lastly, something from the garden… one of the badgers.

Badger in the garden at night

Badger in the garden at night

Camera note: pier and i-Sore taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens; the duck with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens; lizards with the EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens; and the badger with the EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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