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by Field Herper
May 13th, 2017, 5:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer King Cobra
Replies: 23
Views: 14493

Re: Lifer King Cobra

Great find Lou and good job videoing and sharing it.
Who was the bloke in the yellow coat? Did he work there?
by Field Herper
January 11th, 2017, 4:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for snake from Borneo, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 4041

Re: ID for snake from Borneo, please!

More specifically it looks like a juvenile Slender Wolf Snake ( Lycodon albofuscus ) as juveniles of this species have numerous pale bands across the dorsum; furthermore the head morphology, in particular the head and eye proportions are almost identical to some specimens of Lycodon albofuscus that ...
by Field Herper
January 1st, 2017, 9:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains
Replies: 7
Views: 4608

Re: Australia 2016 Part 1: Sydney and the Snowy Mountains

Anyone have any idea what this skink is? https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1468/24303546984_892e95e840_c.jpg Unknown Skink by J.P. Lawrence , on Flickr I reckon this skink is almost certainly a Lampropholis delicata from what I can see and know of local herps found in the area. By the way, for those i...
by Field Herper
December 31st, 2016, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9216

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

Yep, that's the one. The photo is working now. I hope you don't mind me posting it up (let me know if you do and I'll delete them). The next one that I feel confident about is this one, which is a Cryptoblepharus pulcher pulcher . http://i820.photobucket.com/albums/zz127/AussieBushman/image_zpsikmlu...
by Field Herper
December 31st, 2016, 12:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9216

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

Great, thanks! Any idea on the unknown skink? My pleasure mate. Happy to help with ID's. Re the unknown skinks, you've labelled three as unknown, so I don't know which one you mean. Assuming you ideally want all three identified, I'll try my best with the photos supplied, which I'll snatch and post...
by Field Herper
December 29th, 2016, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inland Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 6627

Re: Inland Australia

Awesome! Has science discovered what the knob is for, on knob-tailed Geckos? Australian Journal of Zoology 35(6) 541 - 551 Abstract: "The tail of lizards in the Australian gekkonid genus Nephrurus bears a characteristically expanded distal tip, the caudal knob. Anatomical and histological investiga...
by Field Herper
December 28th, 2016, 5:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9216

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

By the way, the specimen that you've labelled as a 'Robust Rainbow Skink' looks more like a Lampropholis delicata to me, as apart from colour and pattern being more like the latter, Carlia schmeltzii has two or three keels on dorsal scales, which this specimen does not appear to possess.
by Field Herper
December 27th, 2016, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9216

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

My pleasure mate. The two species are often mistaken for one another, as they're superficially quite similar. For those interested, another difference between the two species is that C. nigrescens sometimes has a distinct greyish coloration on the body scales, especially laterally, with the posterio...
by Field Herper
December 23rd, 2016, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inland Australia
Replies: 14
Views: 6627

Re: Inland Australia

Some great finds and beaut photos Nick, especially some of the close-ups. 8-)
by Field Herper
December 23rd, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land
Replies: 18
Views: 9216

Re: Australia 2016 Part 4: The Queen's Land

I can confirm that the jet black snake amongst the leaf litter is a Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens) and not a Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus). Distinguishing features are relative eye size, with the former having a much smaller eye diameter than the latter, as the common n...
by Field Herper
May 13th, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: REDISCOVERED! The Lost Dragon, Abronia ochoterenai
Replies: 5
Views: 4517

Re: REDISCOVERED! The Lost Dragon, Abronia ochoterenai

That's great news! Very well done to the those that managed to find it.
That's a beaut shot of one of the specimens found as well.
by Field Herper
April 17th, 2016, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches/headlamps

Somewhere perhaps in a far and deep unknown night a Kung hunter composed a percussive poem like a Mozart among his people and it was a movement that lasted the full hungry stare of the moon and if he gave it a name in his tongue which I don't know if he would, it would have been Tapetum lucidum Wel...
by Field Herper
April 13th, 2016, 8:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Eye-shine colour variation

Thanks Kelly :) G'day Dan, that's an interesting notion and something that I hadn't considered in my selection criteria. Whilst I can't answer your question I happened to ask a fellow on my last field trip about the different coloured eye shine of different animals, as I know that cats are green fro...
by Field Herper
April 13th, 2016, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches/headlamps

That's very good to hear Kelly. Great customer service is unfortunately rare these days (depending somewhat on where you are), so it's encouraging to read a great report.
by Field Herper
April 12th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 11047

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

No worries mate. It's all good now. The sequence is back in order and there's nothing confusing about your captions. In fact your narrative is one of my favourites on the forums. Your appreciation/understanding of our sense of humour is a reflection of your travels down under. Welcome to country.
by Field Herper
April 12th, 2016, 6:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches/headlamps

I looked into Cree headlamps and it seems that you can only buy them online. I couldn't find any stores that stock them. Correct me if I'm wrong. I ended up buying a Coast HL7. It was ranked #1 in a headlamp gear review (outdoorgearlab.com). The proximity lighting was as bright and even as you could...
by Field Herper
April 12th, 2016, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 11047

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

Just to let you know that the order or the accompanying descriptions for the images is out of sequence.
by Field Herper
December 30th, 2015, 9:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 11047

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

Ribbit wrote:...Thanks Field Herper! Have you been out that way to see those sculptures? It was a wonderful thing to stumble upon in the middle of nowhere.
...
John
Cheers John. No, I haven't seen those sculptures before, but I'd like to see them one day. I'll keep an eye out for them.
by Field Herper
December 30th, 2015, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area
Replies: 21
Views: 16303

Saproscincus spectabilis

My pleasure David. I've only found a few myself in Sydney and they seemed to be quite isolated populations.
You're lucky to have them in your garden. 8-) You'll have a good opportunity to see how they move differently to Weasels when they move about, hunting in the mulch.
by Field Herper
December 26th, 2015, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 4, Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
Replies: 7
Views: 7192

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 4, Adelaide to Flinders Rang

Thanks for posting these accounts of your travels in Oz John. They're well documented with pics and a sense of humour that is an understated essential for travelling down under.
by Field Herper
December 26th, 2015, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National Park
Replies: 22
Views: 14025

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National

That's a beautifully coloured vadnappa. It's one of the most colourful lizards we have, so it's a bit surprising that not more are kept in captivity.
by Field Herper
December 26th, 2015, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 11047

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

I'm enjoying your trip reports John. My favourite photos in this instalment are actually the sculptures and emu-sheep juxtaposition. Well done wallaby too.
by Field Herper
December 22nd, 2015, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area
Replies: 21
Views: 16303

Saproscincus

No worries. They're otherwise very similar in colour and pattern, as well as preferred habitat. I'm very familiar with both these species, having observed them in the wild and examined them closely in the hand. Other differerences are their proportions, with spectabilis having relatively longer limb...
by Field Herper
December 20th, 2015, 6:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area
Replies: 21
Views: 16303

Saproscincus spectabilis

http://wildherps.com/images/misc/fhf/Australia2015/IMGP8152.jpg What you've found here is actually a Pale-lipped Shadeskink (Saproscincus spectabilis). Whilst very similar in habit and appearance to the Weasel Skink (S. mustelinus), it's a much less widespread species, having a disjunct distributio...
by Field Herper
December 15th, 2015, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia?
Replies: 19
Views: 14572

Re: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Austral

Well done Daniel. 8-) Thanks for sharing your insights into these species and for taking the time to detail the distinguishing characteristics between them.

Nice pics John and that trip report is very impressive. (over to that)
by Field Herper
September 18th, 2015, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sydney Snakes!
Replies: 31
Views: 13116

Rough-scaled Snake range extension

Roughies in Gosford! :o This is the first I've heard of them being found this far south. From all the records, literature and references I can find, their southernmost limit is Barrington Tops (Cogger, 2014) inland and around Myall Lakes (specifically Mungo Brush) on the coast. Sorry to doubt you m...
by Field Herper
September 14th, 2015, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sydney Snakes!
Replies: 31
Views: 13116

Re: Sydney snakes

... Cheers Field Herper As previously mentioned I'm using 2 external speedlites with small softboxes, a Canon 60D and a Tamron 90mm macro. Yeah I've found the majority of those species aswell just haven't posted them here due to my photos of them being pretty terrible haha. Also Ramphotyphlops has ...
by Field Herper
September 14th, 2015, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Borneo

Thanks very much for your generous reply to my question re camera gear/flash rig.
Your set-up is innovative and I appreciate you sharing it with us. The results are well worth the effort.
I look forward to seeing more of your excellent photography and making something like this myself.
by Field Herper
September 4th, 2015, 12:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Borneo

You've taken some very good shots there Tom.
I'm curious about the diffuser that you've used. It creates a soft, even light without harsh reflections often apparent on frog skin. Do you mind telling us what gear you're using including the diffuser?
by Field Herper
August 23rd, 2015, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Catching up after 3 years: USA (SW/SE), Ecuador, Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 4822

Re: Catching up after 3 years: USA (SW/SE), Ecuador, Belize

You've taken some great photos. The arrangement of some of the snake shots is very good and many of the frog pics are excellent as well. What photographic equipment are you using in these shots?
by Field Herper
August 13th, 2015, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sydney Snakes!
Replies: 31
Views: 13116

Re: Sydney snakes

Great shots of some beaut specimens! 8-) I really like the low viewpoint and soft, even lighting as already mentioned. What gear are you using? You've found just about every species in the region. Well done! The only ones that I can think of that you haven't pictured (off the top of my head) are Pse...
by Field Herper
August 9th, 2015, 12:56 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Frog Call Recording Reviews and How Tos
Replies: 3
Views: 29780

Re: Frog Call Recording Reviews and How Tos

Thanks for posting this very informative thread Chris. You've also provided links to other very good threads. I learned quite a lot from reading this material. Good on you.
by Field Herper
August 3rd, 2015, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping during a full moon
Replies: 17
Views: 5192

Re: Herping during a full moon

I've found that the very best night herping is on warm, dark nights just after rain. I've been bushwalking at night under a full moon without artificial lighting, which was quite an amazing experience and recommend that everyone try it at least once for the experience. Once your night vision kicks i...
by Field Herper
August 3rd, 2015, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches

Thanks guys. 8-)
They look like great lights, especially that El Speleo (wow! it's expensive though).
Our season is just starting, so it's time to kit up. We're expecting a hot summer down under, which means lots of very warm nights for herping.
by Field Herper
July 23rd, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cairns Herping Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2691

Re: Cairns Herping Suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions! I figure absolute worst case, I can look for those B iologically I nferior R eptile D escendants (BIRDs). :lol: But I'll be happy with whatever, even little skinks. No worries. The bird-life is actually amazing up there. I once followed a Cassowary for an hour or so, obs...
by Field Herper
July 22nd, 2015, 12:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cairns Herping Suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 2691

Re: Cairns Herping Suggestions

As mentioned, early August is not the best time of year to be herping up there, as many herps are inactive. I've found that the wind is one of the biggest limiting factors on the coast, so if it's blowing a gale go inland. I recommend exploring the Daintree and driving up to Kuranda and looking arou...
by Field Herper
June 13th, 2015, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches

Thanks Jonathan. Sounds like Led Lenser is more reliable than the Fenix. When you're out and about in wild places you can't afford to have a torch/head lamp fail you. It's happened to me before in croc infested swamps near the Daintree River in far north Queensland. I was very fortunate and lucky to...
by Field Herper
May 28th, 2015, 8:32 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Underwater in the Northern Territory Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 11856

Re: Underwater in the Northern Territory Australia

Great work Greg! I agree about the candid nature of this footage. So often in wildlife docos I see aquatic animals behaving in an excited manner which suggests feeding mode IMO.
What gear are you using? i.e what model Gopro and accessories if any?
by Field Herper
May 11th, 2015, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eremean Easter: south-west Queensland, Australia
Replies: 17
Views: 8789

Re: Eremean Easter: south-west Queensland, Australia

Great post Stephen. You write very well and your photography is excellent. I enjoyed the narrative as much as the pics. I particularly like the close-ups and the field guide type shot of the krisalys, which has a beautiful arrangement and composition. What gear are you using for these shots? Thanks ...
by Field Herper
August 6th, 2014, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches

Thanks for the continuing input. It looks like I spoke a bit too soon, as it sounds like LED Lenser is just as good, if not better (although the overwhelming majority in this thread go for Fenix). I'll check out the Zebralight as well, since it's also been highly recommended. Does anyone have any ex...
by Field Herper
July 31st, 2014, 12:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches

Thanks again guys. This is very informative. Fenix seems to be the most popular, with the Fenix HP15 getting the thumbs up. Just one last thing to keep in mind if you travel, CR123s are much more common than they have been, and cheaper too, but in some locations, finding AAs (recharge and not) is mu...
by Field Herper
July 27th, 2014, 8:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Re: Head torches

Thanks very much for your replies guys. It's much appreciated. 8-)
The ones you've recommended look like really good gear and don't cost an arm and a leg (as I was expecting).
They're more powerful yet much lighter than the old miner's lamp I was using!
by Field Herper
July 25th, 2014, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 20457

Head torches/headlamps

What are the best head torches/headlamps for field herping at night?
My old one has finally died, which was seriously outdated anyway, so can experienced field herpers please recommend the best brands and models they've used?
by Field Herper
April 15th, 2014, 7:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 3
Replies: 18
Views: 8293

Re: Australia trip Part 3

You've taken some excellent photos and created a very good thread Milo.
Well done and thanks. Even though I live here and see wildlife like this (in some form or another) almost every day, it's still nice to see such good shots and to hear your appreciation of our wonderful wildlife.
by Field Herper
April 15th, 2014, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 1
Replies: 24
Views: 8562

Re: Australia trip Part 1

No, you are not crazy. I took it and another pic down. Given the rules for handling wildlife in Australia, at least one forum member suggested removing the images of people handling herps (the skink was in-hand). I left the pic of little Ria holding the dragon... because who is going to go after a ...
by Field Herper
March 30th, 2014, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 1
Replies: 24
Views: 8562

Re: Australia trip Part 1

It's good to know that it's not just me that can't see it. Thanks John

P.S - yes the damned GSASC strikes again! I've heard that their latest triumph is to have ALL the skinks in Australia re-classified, so that we now no longer even have any skinks! :twisted:
by Field Herper
March 30th, 2014, 6:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 1
Replies: 24
Views: 8562

Re: Australia trip Part 1

Good shots Milo. Even though we see a lot of roos, that shot is quite appealing.

Where is the Eulamprus heatwolei photo that is mentioned in some posts?
Also where is part 3 in this series?
by Field Herper
March 29th, 2014, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 13401

Re: Australia trip Part 2

Great shots Milo. I especially like the Frilly (as we call them). This is a Brown Tree Snake ( Boiga irregularis ). http://i1316.photobucket.com/albums/t604/milosphotos1/Australia2/P1030783_zps7b0e943c.jpg That defensive posture is characteristic of the species. The irregular brown banding, broad he...
by Field Herper
October 30th, 2013, 12:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia news
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

Re: Australia news

Great finds! Congrats to Conrad Hoskin, Tim Laman and the team.
by Field Herper
December 7th, 2012, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South-east Queensland
Replies: 18
Views: 9621

Re: South-east Queensland

Beaut photography of a good range of species there Matt. Keep up the good work mate. There seems to be a few species that you either haven't found yet or managed to photograph, although you've done well so far. 8-) e.g Coastal Taipan (which would be understandable if you haven't been able to photogr...