21 September 2012

Iberian Viper (Vipera seoanei)
Castro Laboreiro, Peneda-Gerês NP, Portugal

Only after more than 20 days of field work, along three different visits looking for the melanistic form of the rarest Viper occurring in Portugal, did I manage to find this specimen. The Iberian Viper occurs only in two small areas of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês – Castro Laboreiro and Pitões das Júnias – and in Paredes de Coura. At the Parque Nacional, it lives in valleys and high mountain morasses.

Nikon D300 + Nikon 10.5mm f2.8 + 2x Nikon SB-26
iso 200, 1/200, f11