Eastern Water Dragon

So far I’m really enjoying my new role in the office. However, one downside is that I will no longer be out in the field to spot all the wonderous wildlife that comes our way.

Yesterday I had a pleasant surprise though; I was quietly working away at the crews’ work schedules for the next day when Ant suddenly calls out for me to come and have a look at the big lizard running across the yard. We have a cocus palm round the back which has been dropping it’s little orange fruits and it had obviously been having a munch on these because it still had one in it’s mouth as it ambled along. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera on me but I instantly recognised it as an Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii). Me and Mat had the pleasure of seeing one of these earlier on in the year when we were doing some tree work at a client’s house and took the opportunity of taking some photographs:

Eastern Water Dragon Eastern Water Dragon closeup Eastern Water Dragon

They’re not the most fantastic photos I have ever taken, I must admit, but it gives you an idea of what the little beauties look like. I will try and remember to keep my camera on me at all times so hopefully I should be able to get some more shots soon. They are a common lizard here in the Sydney area and often take up residence in people’s back gardens if there is a creek near by, becomming quite used to a human presence. The property above, for example, backed onto a big gully and bushland with a creek at the bottom and had two water dragon residents. The owners said they spent most of their time basking on a big rock out the back which is where, indeed, we caught our first glimpse of them (we did this particular job over two days). However, the first time we were a bit noisy and sent them indignantly rushing off down to the creek for some peace and quiet.

I’m hoping the one in the yard will be a regular visitor as he let me get within a few feet of him before ambling off in his funny typical monitor type gait, one front leg and the diagonally opposite back leg in the air while the other two are on the ground.

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