You expect to encounter all manner of alien species when exploring the sea. Somehow, it seems like more of a treat to happen upon sometimes-shy land animals. I was excited to come upon all manner of lizards and geckos while exploring the beach and forests of Half Moon Caye. Half Moon is home to spiny-tailed and green iguanas, brown and green anoles, giant anoles which can change color in a flash, and the exceptionally rare Belizean Atoll gecko, which happens to live, - you guessed it – only on Belizean Atolls. Chances are fairly slim that you’ll happen upon one of these critters (they’re notoriously shy, and also happen to be nocturnal) but don’t fret; you’ll come upon more iguanas in an hour than you’ve ever seen before in your life. The reptiles feast on the eggs of both blue footed boobies and other 120+ species of birds that nest on the island.
Nikon D800 | 24-70mm f/2.8 lens | Aperture f/2.8 | ISO-1600 | Shutter 1/50 sec.