Fantastic macro photography is to be had at Thursley, even when there are no Lizards.
We watched this spider-hunting wasp dragging this spider back to it's home, a hole tunneled into a sand bank. It was quite a chunky spider, and the wasp had some trouble fitting it into the tunnel. It had to excavate the entrance just to squeeze it in!
I like the surface tension dimples in this one. These guys are difficult to photography - they don't half move some.
Sunday, the sunny intervals brought out the Lizards, so it was well worth the second trip around the M25. The board walks were crawling with them! If you want to go, the best time is, just after the direct sunlight hits the boards. When this is really depends on the weather though. Today for example, it was cloudy until about 1pm and then the sun came out intermittently. The Lizards appeared within about 10 minutes.
I was surprised how close they let you get. These shots were all taken from a distance of about 1 foot.
Don't make any sudden movements, and they will let you approach fine. I guess they're too cold to leg it!
Still getting used to my Nikkor 200mm f/4 micro lens. The AF on it is painfully slow even for a macro lens. On the upside, the long working distance is proving very useful. It was pretty easy to get close enough for 1:1 (or thereabouts) without spooking these lizards. On a crop sensor, it's a doddle.
I've read all over that this lens cannot be used hand held. I just don't buy it - all the above shots were hand held. Maybe if you want to photograph a fungus (exciting!) on a gloomy day under a forest canopy using 3 second exposures and 50 ISO film then yes, you need a tripod. But with something like a D300 or a D700 in reasonable light, there's really no need.