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The CHECKERED KEELBACK . Fowlea flavipunctatus.

Here are some pictures of the CHECKERED KEELBACK . Fowlea flavipunctatus.

And a little lesson in looking and photography. This is my "final" image that I am pleased with....

I was with a journalist from Ming Pao, and he was walking around LNEC in Sai Kung....I took him to the small ponds and I was able to point out this lovely little snake....if you know how to look, then you can see so much more wildlife. This is why I love going on guided tours, as I always learn so much, that helps me find more animals. so

this is my first shot, midday, a quick record shot that the camera light meter read and processed as "mid-grey" or 18% across the whole image...but the dark background meant that the head is overexposed.

Some quick exposure compensation of -2 gives a more pleasing image


But actually I pulled back and I really like this full frame shot as it shows location, habitat and also behaviour....with some lovely colours....



Then, I dropped down to a knee and placed the camera closer to the ground...trying to get eye level and also blow out the background...




and a bigger crop.....slightly closer....



Then a change of angle and lower still, the camera on the ground now...



which leads to my final shot....



so two images I am pleased with.


See the blog tomorrow for some more images of this lovely snake....and do check out our sister site, the wonderful www.hongkongsnakeid.com ; head over there and find some more great pics and useful information about this snake:


Active during the night and day, the Checkered Keelback is relatively common in Hong Kong. It is known to be aggressive and quick to bite as well as flattening its head and neck and rising up off the ground similar to the Red Neck Keelback.


Often seen in ponds and hear water, this lovely, harmless reptile hunts small amphibians and fish.




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