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Brilliant work with that lens Ironwood. Great shots of the bungarra and well presented giving the different zoom stages.
That's a sand goanna (Varanus gouldii ) it's a species of large Australian monitor lizard. Other names are - Gould's monitor, sand monitor, racehorse goanna, bungarra and Tingka.
They can be quite frightening. When I was working up north, they were common as mud. I was at the rubbish dump at our camp (near Tom Price) and the dog was barking at a lizard under a bush. I could only see the tip of its tail. The lizard decided to eat the dog and came out of the bush at high speed. The dog beat me back to the 4x4 by about 3 seconds. By geez they are quick!
Yes they are very quick alright. I am wary of them so try not to get too close.
I was 16 when I left home and went up to Weipa to start an apprenticeship with Comalco. There was a big one that was a resident in and around the electrical workshop, they used to feed it, and I remember it was pretty docile, but it was huge, I seem to remember 9 feet long. That was about 35 years ago.
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