The lizards have woken up / Ящерицы проснулись


For the first time this year, I spotted a couple of lizards near the peat bog, viviparous lizards (Живородящая ящерица, Zootoca vivipara) to be precise. They were tentatively walking around to find a good place for some sunbathing, but didn't trust me at all and didn't fully come out of hiding.

This one was on its way to their favourite pole in the sun:


Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO200, f5.6, 1/100s

Going up:


Olympus Stylus 1s, 300mm, ISO200, f8, 1/400s

This early in the season, they are very shy and run off at the slightest sound or movement. Here are two photos of the same species I took in earlier years, later in the season:


Olympus XZ-1, 28mm, ISO200, f8, 1/100s

It looked like it owned the place, yet it was only 8cm (3.2") long. Here's one that came to have a closer look at me, after I had sat still for almost an hour to get exactly such a shot:


Olympus XZ-1, 112mm, ISO100, f4, 1/100s

Anyway, they have shown themselves again this year, and I'm hoping for some more nice photos!


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