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Costa Rican Iguana Displays Mating Coloration

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 21 January 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

A shot from Torteguero National Park in Costa Rica. We were cruising down one of the canals when this big fellow showed himself. He stood stock still long enough for me to get a few good photos, and then took off through the underbrush like a bolt of lightning! I did not know that they could move so fast! This is a green iguana, but he is trying to attract females, so he has become brilliantly orange.

NIKON D90 1/30 second F/5.6 ISO 640 225 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Monik from PARIS, France

Fantastique rencontre et superbe photo...Bravo !

21 Jan 2011 6:09am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A true wonder that image. 5 * Nice day.

21 Jan 2011 7:58am

marci from in, Morocco

all aflame!! splendid!

21 Jan 2011 4:38pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yah and after he gets the girl he loosens the belt and the gut falls out and he takes off the orange coat and you see it was fake....those guys, they're all the same ya know? Oh, I am one of those guys!! AT any rate, this is a very colorful must have had a great time!!

21 Jan 2011 6:15pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Oh he is gorgeous!

21 Jan 2011 7:20pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

neat capture

21 Jan 2011 9:44pm

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Its a good thing he stopped for you with a shutter speed of 1/30. He is a handsome dude!

22 Jan 2011 3:35am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

amazing beast! nicely captured in perfect focus and with superb level of sharpness and detail!

23 Jan 2011 6:29am

1/30 second
ISO 640
225 mm (35mm equiv.)