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I photographed this pair of Mertens' monitors in the build up just before the rains started at the end of last year. This image was taken immediately before the act of mating occurred. The monitors were so intent on their act that they were completely oblivious to my presence in the water with them, they even approached me such that I had to move out of their way! This was definitely one of the most amazing wildlife encounters I had last year (2017).
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