Monitor lizards also known as Bayawak or Goannas, genus Varanus as per Wikipedia. These pictures were all taken in Lumphini Park, Bangkok and they are posted full frame. Biggest lizard I have ever seen and they are use to people.
Thank you Toto. The shape of the tongue is similar to that of a snake. It is divided into two parts and I supposed it uses it to catch catch worms and fish. It is big and could be dangerous to be kept as pets.
Wow! You must be very close! The clariy, sharpness and colors make these shots super!
You are right Ariel, I was very close. 5.5 meters. I was afraid to go any closer as he might get mistaken and think of me as food. Heh heh heh. I forgot to mention I was using a 300mm with a 1.4X TC. Thank you for your appreciation. Mabuhay.
The second shot is superb, especially with the low angle. Looks so scary. I am sure you were happy you were shooting with a telephoto.
Thank you Mark. It does look scary. But I think he is more scared of us than we are of him. I once saw one in a golf course and ran after him with a golf cart. He rans fast but also tires fast. It is too bad I did not have my camera. When I went near he was hissing and ready to bite. I know JP says that when it bites to bite back but I am no match for the giant lizard. Heh heh heh.
Is that you I can see from eye of the lizard in the 2nd picture? The third picture looks menacing. If I have not seen them scamper away from humans in the wild, I'd think they are very dangerous.
Great shots Ely!!!
Thank you Gabs. I wish that was me in the reflection. Looks more like a tree. I think its best not to tangle with them as they would be capable of biting in defense. I heard that they taste like chicken. Heh heh heh.