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    The Lizards of Lumpini

    My temple threads are going down like a lead balloon lately so it was time to try something different......

    With L Bruce Kekule posting on the forum to do a wildlife thread seems a bit second rate especially when it only concerns the Water monitors in Lumpini Park.....

    ....but what the fuck and animal is an animal and these are worth photographing.....

    Not a huge thread.....

    Anyway, we entered from the south-east corner of the park and headed to the water that runs along the south edge as that's where they are easily found.

    As soon as we approached the water we spotted a baby, who climbed onto a chair and up a tree.....



    we then spotted a big one but it was in the water happily swimming along and was in no mood to get close enough.....



    We then spotted several lined up along the fence on the other side of the stretch of water, so we walked back and around to get close. First we came across a medium sized one that was in no mood to let us get too close.



    The next one was a bit bigger and paused for a while for some shots.

    Last edited by Bobcock; 11-11-2010 at 10:37 AM.

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    nice pics

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    This one looks evil.



    Great pic with the reflection.

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    very nice pics Bob.
    what other species do they have in lumpini .

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    I know it is not Thailand but if you ever go to Melaka in Malaysia - take the river trip and there are bloody hundreds of huge buggers on the banks at low tide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    I know it is not Thailand but if you ever go to Melaka in Malaysia - take the river trip and there are bloody hundreds of huge buggers on the banks at low tide
    No need to go that far. Just peddle around the canal network in Bangyai and you'll see plenty. Cycling along a dirt track through a bit of virgin jungle last year, a four footer ran out in front of me. Don't use that track any more.

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    This one was in the process of shedding his skin, most of the coulr had gone and he had holes all over him....



    This one was bold and in no hurry to move. Even tried to hit us with his tail as we walked around the back of him.



    Last one was back on the grassy side of the bank, he let me get very close indeed, my mate took photos of me taking photos, must see that shot.


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    more nice pics keep them comming

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    Great pictures. I will go to Lumpini to see for myself. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeden
    more nice pics keep them comming
    I have more, but to be honest they are more of the same, I just picked the 7 or so best and varied and used them.

    Any more and it'll get boring.

    I did get a pidgeon and an egret as well....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by smeden
    more nice pics keep them comming
    I have more, but to be honest they are more of the same, I just picked the 7 or so best and varied and used them.

    Any more and it'll get boring.

    I did get a pidgeon and an egret as well....
    thanks i enjoy

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    Biggest I've seen must have been over 6 feet long crossing the soi by my house and dissapearing into a Rice Paddy

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    Bugger, I thought this was about the band.

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    Cool pics, I keep meaning to take my son down there to see them. he would love that.

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    Brilliant. In China they'd have all been eaten by now.

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    I've been there, seen them but no way was I going to get close enough to get a decent pic. brave man BC thanks for the pics.

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    Great photos, seriously. You should be a wildlife photographer! 1st time I saw one of these was in the river in Kanchanaburi, I thought it was a crocodile at first, shit meself!

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    Had them sliced and fried with garlic in Sabah ( Malaysia )
    Quite nice !

    For our Ozzie posters
    Are they the same things as the goanna that Kevin Bloody Wilson goes on about ?


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    Top photos Bobcock , thanks . I keep meaning to visit - but I'm easily led astray . Next time I'm in Bangkok I must make the effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carnwadrick
    but no way was I going to get close enough to get a decent pic.
    He was probably about 3km away using a 2 foot long lense

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    The last shot I had a 400mm lens but it was probably no more than 5 foot from his snout and I was lying in the grass with him.

    I'd be that far away if I ever chose to photograph you however.....
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    GREAT shots!
    I have only come across these reptiles in the wild and they are none too willing to cooperate when it comes to posing for photographs.
    The province of Krabi must have an abundance of these creatures as I have seen dozens of them in this particular province.
    Amazing reptile, makes one think dinosaur.

    I was wondering, is the water monitor the only monitor lizard in Thailand?

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    ^^Damn sure I wouldn't be laying down on the grass 5 feet away from that nasty beast.

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    The pics are brilliant. These creatures are a throwback to the time of the dinosaurs and so worth studying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    Brilliant. In China they'd have all been eaten by now.
    I think they're either lucky, or unlucky, depending on who you ask. Not that Bangkokians would go to the park and hunt lizards...

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