Spring has sprung here in Prescott. Really I think summer is here. Flowers have popped, trees have leaves, humming birds are buzzing me everywhere (while doing laundry yesterday) and the lizards are out and on the move.
Last year I had a huge and crazy lizard living in the tree in front of the Airstream. Really big and thick lizard that was at least a foot long. It wasn’t very friendly, and every time I’d come out of the trailer it would run up the tree and I couldn’t photograph it.
Yesterday coming out of the Airstream I saw my lizard friend once again. Actually, I thought it was the same one. It ran half way up the tree stopped and started pumping up and down. Clearly threatening me…..that’s what I thought.
The sizable critter continued putting on its display, so I broke out the camera and started shooting it. Push ups, all puffed out, pretty interesting. All for me………
As it worked out, suddenly I learned the big display wasn’t for me. It was for the equally sized lizard that shot in from another branch. A quick assault, one lizard retreating to one branch, the other running back up the way it came.
They stayed pretty close. Both putting on displays. Each posturing to tell the other to leave. And then it happened…….The big fight. Each shot toward the other, pretty rough attack. So rough that they both fell more than 7 feet from the tree and hit the ground.
I followed to where they landed. Locked together biting, writhing, and not being friendly. I leaned in closer and the fight broke up. One shot back up the tree, the other stayed and stared at me. Finally it followed up the tree as well looking for another fight.
Over the course of the afternoon I saw no further outbreaks of violence. I did see each of the big lizards moving around the tree, and occasionally I got a good photo or two. Finally I get to share these crazy critters with you!
If I ever have the opportunity to shoot another fight I’ll grab the 200mm immediately (something I didn’t do). It’s not every day that you get to capture wildlife doing its thing! Like the Great Blue Heron I photographed the other week, I’m very happy to have witnessed the whole scene. Sure, I don’t like watching animals fight, but I know it happens and it was neat to see it.