I took this series of photos of Eulamprus quoyii (Eastern Water Skink) late this morning. This animal is about three-quarters the size of the one featured in a previous post, has never dropped its tail and has all its limbs intact.
The orangey colour of the concrete is a legacy of the recent dust storms.
In the top photo there appears to be a profile of a nostril flap; I’ll have to do some research into whether 1) such a thing exists and 2) it closes.
These skinks are fairly easy to photograph because they tend to remain motionless for long periods. If they are confident that you’re not going to try to eat them, they’ll allow you to approach to within 1.5m, which is the minimum focusing distance for this camera/lens combination. Alarm them, and they take off like greased lightning.
To take these pictures I got as close as possible to the skink (i.e. within that 1.5m mentioned above), set focus to manual and zoom to maximum. In addition to using the focusing ring, I leaned forward or backwards to fine-tune the image.
I sat on the grass and braced my elbows against my knees to create a stable platform. I’ve found a tripod to be too cumbersome in these situations; a monopod may be quite helpful but I don’t have one.
Camera: Pentax K100D Super with Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED zoom lens. Ambient light (cloudy, overcast) only. Cropping, resizing and colour correction in Irfanview.