Camouflaged Chameleon

It has been a long while since I have seen a Chameleon. So long ago, it might have been since childhood days.

It has been wet and cold in Cape Town recently and I have been longing to take my camera out. I found a gap over the long weekend and made my way to my local reserve, Intaka Island. To my dismay there was not much happening around the viewing hides.

One of my fellow photographers came up with a great idea. “Let’s go look for Chameleons.”

I had never even thought of looking for these tiny creatures around the reserve. I had seen mice, fresh water crabs, tortoises and other animals by chance, but not the camouflaged critters.  I was really excited to see one again so off we went.

He showed me which bushes would most likely host chameleons. We ended up searching for quite a while, but the prospects of finding one looked rather slim. There was even a quick glimpse of the elusive Greysbok resident in the reserve.

We were about to throw in the towel when we decided to take a quick walk down an open deserted path. Walking along the pathway, I just happened to look up at a tall bush. Finally I had spotted one and a rather big one at that.

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I had actually forgotten how beautiful these little reptiles are. The reserve holds one species called Cape Dwarf Chameleons. They are fascinating creatures and their robotic movements provide a great source of entertainment.

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It was the first time in a long time that I actually switched between my long and short lenses. It was so much fun playing around and photographing this chameleon at different angles.

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I’ll definitely be keeping my eye open for them again the next time I take a walk around the reserve.

 

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