Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Bloodsuckers!


Back in July I posted about the changeable lizards I see most days on my morning walk

http://www.singaporetales.co.uk/2013/07/dragon-spotting.html?m=0

As mentioned then during the mating seasons the head and necks of the males turn orange through to bright red, making themselves more attractive to the females.

For the past fortnight I have started spotting this spectacle, so have been itching to write an update on the previous post. Nearly every tree I have passed on the East Coat Park section A has one of these lizards clinging to the base of the trunk, so no problem then getting some photos.... not so.... as soon as I get my phone out, pause and go to press the button.... flash they have a scarpered. Anyone following my Facebook page Singapore Tales https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeTales?ref=stream will have seen the photo below of a lizard shaped blur of one of my attempts!                             
note the blur along the lefthand side of the trunk
One day not only could I see this vivid male but I could hear him. He was making a loud clicking noise and I noticed nearby a lizard that was smaller and still in the grey brown colours which I assumed was a female. He was clearly very appreciative of this female. Yet again he scarpered as soon as I went snap. Below you will just see him hiding behind the tree trunk and then see a red flash through the hedge where he went to hide from me!!

can you spot him? just above the trunk on the left!
I can still see you.......
This is the female he had the hots for
I was getting really frustrated but yesterday I managed to get some photos of a couple of them. Not great as taken on my phone from a distance ( I tend not to take my camera when I'm exercising)

Anyway below are a few snaps. Just imagine if the human male went through performance to attract us females!






You can see that there is a variation in colours from orange through to bright red and some also have a black patch on their necks. I have also watched one go from orange back to brown as I tried to take a photo, clearly it couldn't be bothered to run away from me so just made it that it wasn't worth a photo!

Anyway hope you enjoyed the photos. I don't think we have anything like them in the UK.