Day 228: on the hunt for Cypriot wildlife

Today my dad and I got up early to try and photograph a lighthouse that we had seen from Cape Greko a couple of nights ago. Unfortunately, this plan fell flat on its face when we found that it was closed off from the public by a high fence. Which did explain why no one had mentioned the lighthouse to me before. Later on,we made up for this by walking a nature trail in Protaras. We found all sorts will we were up there. I’ve still not seen a chameleon, which I was quite eager to see, but we saw plenty of other reptiles.

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 270mm; ISO 200; F/13; 1/400s. VC on

More about this chap and others below…

The  specimen above is a starred agama, a relative of the bearded dragon, and the largest lizard living in Cyprus. We also saw a number of other species of lizard, and the remains of a large blunt-nosed viper. I’m quite grateful that we didn’t come across a live example of that particular species though, given that its bite can be fatal to humans. We also came across a spider that bore a very close resemblance to a black widow. On researching this, they aren’t unheard of in Cyprus, but no one seems to conclusively state that they do live on the island. So I appear to have found a rarity. I spotted that while I was shooting this little beauty, Ophrys umbilicata: 

Nikon D300; Tamron 18-270mm PZD @ 170mm; ISO 200; F/11; 1/500s. VC on

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