Romance In The Air
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Springtime truly is the season for romance for all sorts of creatures. Recently, I’ve featured a few images of lizards decked out in their breeding colors. The males of many species display flamboyant colors as the spring breeding season progresses, all in apparent competition to woe females. It must be a risky time for these reptiles because many depend on camouflage to escape predators. Decking oneself out in brilliant hues may be a dangerous business.
Here’s a female Ornate Tree Lizard. She’s well-camouflaged and there’s nothing particularly showy about the way she’s clad.
Here’s the male.
He’s obviously throwing caution to the winds, all in the hope of romantic success. That bright blue can be seen from a long way off, great for attracting a mate, not so good if a hungry Roadrunner happens to be in the neighborhood. Here’s wishing him well.
Photos made with a Canon 5diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 100, M setting. The first photo was made at f14 @ 1/160, the second at f18 @ 1/160.