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Many of my favorite photo subjects hatch in the nursery of the World of Reptiles at the Bronx Zoo. The keeper staff keep accurate records of egg incubation and call me over when they see the hatchlings “pip” or crack their egg to emerge. This Mertens’ Water Monitor looked very small when it was so carefully coiled in its egg, but once free, it was more than 8 inches long. I used a 60mm lens with a Nikon R1C1 Speedlight System to get the shot. The R1C1 is like having a perfect little studio just the right size for macro work. Best photo op – adult monitors are on exhibit at the World of Reptiles. Check the nursery to see what’s new, too.

Photo credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

Sources: Bronx Zoo, ZooBorns.com