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by MonarchzMan
January 15th, 2012, 1:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Virginia's canebrakes - innocent I promise!
Replies: 38
Views: 5362

Re: Virginia's canebrakes - innocent I promise!

Canebrake is a common name. I don't see why people get irritated by common names. The Cottonmouth is also called a Water Moccasin depending on the region. Both are valid names and both refer to Agkistrodon piscivorus. There are many instances where there are common names that are regionally differen...
by MonarchzMan
January 14th, 2012, 9:41 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Bodies
Replies: 20
Views: 7820

Re: Canon Bodies

PS2. I also have the MP-E, and while it's a lot of fun I really wouldn't recommend it as a 1st macro lens. Framing, focus and managing depth of field take a lot of practice at magnifications above 1:1 and life will be much less frustrating if you start with a more general purpose macro like any of ...
by MonarchzMan
January 14th, 2012, 9:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Bodies
Replies: 20
Views: 7820

Re: Canon Bodies

Heh, I thought about Nikon, but one of the big draws to Canon is the MP-E 65mm... I like shooting insects and spiders as well as herps, so having a super macro could be really fun. As far as I know, no other brand has an equivalent, does it?
by MonarchzMan
January 14th, 2012, 8:32 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Bodies
Replies: 20
Views: 7820

Re: Canon Bodies

I would actually suggest you get a used 50D depending on how long before you switch out for the 5D, because if you buy a high dollar body and then get anther high end body even if you sell it to buy the 5D you are going to get less then you paid for it, where as with the 50D you could have it as a ...
by MonarchzMan
January 14th, 2012, 4:50 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Bodies
Replies: 20
Views: 7820

Re: Canon Bodies

Thank you both for the comments. I think that if I pursue a more professional route for my photography, I'll get the 5D MkII (or the equivalent), but it sounds as though the 7D will suit my needs for now (and the extra $1000 can be used to get a nice macro lens/super-macro lens/twin flash)...
by MonarchzMan
January 14th, 2012, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your 2012 plans and wishlists
Replies: 25
Views: 3174

Re: Your 2012 plans and wishlists

Leaning strongly towards Panama now. Money is tight, so thats a huge factor. Even if we could afford Australia, I wouldn't get to experience rainforest OR desert, the two habitats that made me want to go in the first place. Its also still a college experience there, I'm not sure I'd want that when ...
by MonarchzMan
January 14th, 2012, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Mississippi
Replies: 5
Views: 2056

Re: Herping in Mississippi

I moved to MS this last fall to work on my PhD and am still trying to find some spots around Oxford to go herping. I've gone to a few spots around here, but not nearly as many as I would like. As it starts to warm up, I'll definitely be looking around as things start crawling. At some point, I'd lik...
by MonarchzMan
January 13th, 2012, 9:04 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod
Replies: 8
Views: 3102

Re: Tripod

I went through 3-4 tripods when I finally settled on my Gitzo Explorer. None of the other tripods were as versatile as the Gitzo, although prior to getting the Gitzo (which cost more than most of my lenses...), I did use a Manfrotto, but it didn't quite fit the niche I wanted. The Gitzo explorer ser...
by MonarchzMan
January 13th, 2012, 7:32 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Do Birders Ruin Birding?
Replies: 15
Views: 4281

Re: Do Birders Ruin Birding?

Am I reading this right? He went on a birding excursion and was upset because they spent 5 hours looking at birds? Even if they were LBJs, that is part of birding. That is like saying you went to a football game and were upset because you had to watch football for 3 hours instead of being able to w...
by MonarchzMan
January 12th, 2012, 5:02 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Bodies
Replies: 20
Views: 7820

Canon Bodies

I am looking to upgrade from my Pentax to a Canon probably within the next few months (depends largely on what my plans develop into for the summer), and I've been strongly considering the 7D, but the 5D Mark II has also been tempting me. As best as I can tell, though, the differences between the tw...
by MonarchzMan
January 12th, 2012, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headlamp Preferences
Replies: 0
Views: 681

Headlamp Preferences

I'm curious what everyone uses for headlamps. I currently use a Black Diamond Icon, which I do like, but I am wanting to upgrade to a brighter (and maybe lighter?) lamp. After getting a Fenix TK41, I very much like using a very bright beam. But that said, I do like having my hands free for grabbing ...
by MonarchzMan
January 11th, 2012, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Replies: 19
Views: 3265

Re: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Having gone around searching for Massasaugas in Michigan, and only every really finding a handful, it's hard to believe that Michigan is the stronghold for the species. Such a shame for such an awesome species! That distinction would surely go to the Georgian Bay population here in Ontario. Russ I'...
by MonarchzMan
January 10th, 2012, 9:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #21: Wallace's Flying Frog
Replies: 18
Views: 4731

Re: Borneo Dispatches #21: Wallace's Flying Frog

Maybe I'm getting my species confused... Or my naturalists. I swear there was a wallacei, but I guess I'm mistaken (now I'm going to have to figure out what I was thinking of..). Either way, I actually meant R. reinwardtii (the blue webbed one!). I've only ever seen R. pardalis (which is cool, but n...
by MonarchzMan
January 10th, 2012, 9:26 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Do Birders Ruin Birding?
Replies: 15
Views: 4281

Do Birders Ruin Birding?

Alright, hear me out on this one. I consider myself to be a naturalist and really like seeing everything, including birds. I don't really consider myself a birder, at least, based on my experience with birders. I like to call myself an incidental birder. If I see birds, I'll check them out, and list...
by MonarchzMan
January 10th, 2012, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #21: Wallace's Flying Frog
Replies: 18
Views: 4731

Re: Borneo Dispatches #21: Wallace's Flying Frog

So very jealous! I'd love to see both R. wallacei and R. nigripalmatus at some point. Such stellar frogs...
by MonarchzMan
January 10th, 2012, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake
Replies: 19
Views: 3265

Re: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

Having gone around searching for Massasaugas in Michigan, and only every really finding a handful, it's hard to believe that Michigan is the stronghold for the species. Such a shame for such an awesome species!
by MonarchzMan
November 29th, 2011, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HNL - Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs & Oct. EPIC POST WINNER!
Replies: 8
Views: 2886

Re: HNL - Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs & Oct. EPIC POST WINN

That was a great post JP, really interesting stuff. Hope the weather down south is warmer than here in Michigan! Oh it isn't. They were calling for 1-3 inches last night (which consequently gave us a winter weather advisory - I'm humored by how much overreaction there is to a dusting). It was defin...
by MonarchzMan
November 20th, 2011, 1:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HNL - Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs & Oct. EPIC POST WINNER!
Replies: 8
Views: 2886

Re: HNL - Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs & Oct. EPIC POST WINN

Thanks for the honor! I'm glad I could share my research with a community that appreciates it :)
by MonarchzMan
November 15th, 2011, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Unexpected Herps
Replies: 17
Views: 2034

Most Unexpected Herps

I thought it'd be interesting to hear about truly strange spots that people have found herps. This could be as simple as finding a bullfrog in your toilet or something else. I've found a number of different animals in strange spots, but probably the strangest this year was when I went to La Rue. I w...
by MonarchzMan
November 4th, 2011, 8:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall report west central Mo with a pinch of Ks
Replies: 15
Views: 2697

Re: Fall report west central Mo with a pinch of Ks

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Alright, I've gotta ask since you didn't acknowledge it. Did you see that there was a Ringneck in this picture?
by MonarchzMan
October 30th, 2011, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Summer in Michigan
Replies: 6
Views: 1750

Re: My Summer in Michigan

I recognize that fen ;)

Excellent photos. That black tiger is pretty wild. I'm very jealous of the milk snake too. I've lived in Michigan for 15 years and never saw an Eastern Milk there.
by MonarchzMan
October 21st, 2011, 5:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

How about putting together a field guide which just concentrates on the frogs of the islands. For herpers visiting the area it would be really useful. I've thought about that, and it still may be in the works. I am just concerned because of your second point. There would be certain risk to publishi...
by MonarchzMan
October 19th, 2011, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Sorry, we work with Anolis in our lab so I had to throw that in. Norops will probably eventually be a legit clade, but the remaining clades have not been worked out, so until then, Anolis is the genus for all anoles. Sorry to be nitpicky. The paper should be out in December. Ian No worries. I under...
by MonarchzMan
October 19th, 2011, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Great post! It really makes me miss the islands and the constant calling of pumillio (at the more remote places). Was one of your boat drivers Erwin by any chance? I know the 'Nicky' population was named by him for his daughter. Did you come across any other snakes that didn't make it into the post...
by MonarchzMan
October 19th, 2011, 4:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

I love that Tungara shot. Very nice photos all round and interesting project. Couldn't you use small ID pvc pipes for the fat, terrestrial pops? I bet you could, but, at least for this project, you can't beat the price of the straws. I got 4500 straws for $70. or why not a two page spread, color ce...
by MonarchzMan
October 18th, 2011, 1:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Yea, that would be great to get contact info on that paper (I'll be looking forward to reading it).

And Anolis... Taxonomists drive me nuts. Once I have these species down, they like to switch them all up again! Look me long enough to deal with the dart frogs!
by MonarchzMan
October 18th, 2011, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

I wondered this myself, but I know virtually nothing about their ecology. Do males typically defend a single bromeliad? Or would it actually increase the reproductive success of males capable of defending multiple "bromeliads" in a single area? TH Typically, males will defend a small territory (cou...
by MonarchzMan
October 17th, 2011, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

I only looked at the Isla Colon population, which does appear to be rearing site limited. Mo Donnelly did some similar work in 1989 at La Selva, and found similar results (large reactions to rearing site addition). I would guess the species, as a whole, is probably rearing site limited, although, it...
by MonarchzMan
October 17th, 2011, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 13905

Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

I did my masters on the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio) in Bocas del Toro, Panama summers '09 and '10. I got the opportunity to go down in 2007 to see the system and start some research on the frogs, and while there, I decided that I wanted to look deeper into what goes on with the pol...
by MonarchzMan
October 7th, 2011, 5:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these FIELD HERPERS?
Replies: 59
Views: 8207

Re: Are these FIELD HERPERS?

I agree with Dell. And I'm not ashamed to say I enjoyed Steve Irwin. Steve Irwin is, in large part, the reason why I am pursuing a degree studying herps. Like him or hate him, it is undeniable that he brought more attention and appreciation to the things "that crawl," according to Linnaeus, than an...
by MonarchzMan
October 6th, 2011, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Snake Road Trip
Replies: 42
Views: 6769

Re: My Snake Road Trip

HUH? A very well respected herper on this forum also agreed with me, these aren't Bird Voiced. I'm not trying to be a jerk by any means. I'm not sure why you thought it was ok to drop an F bomb in a kids thread? Then have the audacity to say that I'm being rude? I have pics that I can post when I'm...
by MonarchzMan
October 2nd, 2011, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Snake Road Trip
Replies: 42
Views: 6769

Re: My Snake Road Trip

Very nice! Jealous of a number of the finds, and looking forward to a visit this weekend. I stopped by for an hour on friday and in that hour, I found 4 Western Ribbons, 1 Southern Black Racer, 1 Rough Green, 1 Eastern Garter (5 feet up a tree, which was probably the strangest find), 1 Cottonmouth, ...
by MonarchzMan
September 24th, 2011, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recommendations for Northern MS?
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Re: Recommendations for Northern MS?

Anyone?

I know that asking for herping spots is a little taboo for obvious reasons, so I definitely don't need any sort of specifics. General areas would be awesome. At the moment, I have no idea where to even start around here!
by MonarchzMan
September 24th, 2011, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #9: Jungle Medley 1 (Bonus Flying Lemur!)
Replies: 15
Views: 4658

Re: Borneo Dispatches #9: Jungle Medley 1 (Bonus Flying Lemu

ribbit, if you've never run into rich skanks you're missing out :lol: Is skank a common name for that group of lizards over there or was it a typo? I didn't want to say anything at first but other people already have. But I don't know what common local names are in use outside my little part of the...
by MonarchzMan
September 15th, 2011, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road Question
Replies: 27
Views: 4105

Re: Snake Road Question

I can understand not carrying potential snake containers... But walking without my hook takes a little fun out of it. It's like an extra finger for poking around.... I mean, presume me innocent first OK, LE ? I agree. A large number of people go there to look for the snakes, and I guess I'm of the ...
by MonarchzMan
September 13th, 2011, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 3415

Re: Herping in Borneo

According to the guide I have, E. caeruleocauda occur on the islands to the east of Sabah. I guess it hasn't been recorded on the mainland of Borneo. But given how it would appear as though distributions of a lot of the species are poorly know, I take such with a grain of salt. I did look at Lipinia...
by MonarchzMan
September 13th, 2011, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recommendations for Northern MS?
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Recommendations for Northern MS?

I just moved to Oxford to start up a PhD program, and I'd really like to get out and regularly do some herping in the area, but I don't quite know where to go around here. Does anyone have suggestions? I'm planning on doing Snake Road in IL in springs and falls, but I'd like to find some spots a lit...
by MonarchzMan
September 13th, 2011, 4:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 3415

Re: Herping in Borneo

Excellent photography! Welcome to the FHF. Your Cerberus rhynchops is actually Enhydris plumbea (or possibly Gerarda prevostiana if that was taken in the mangroves, hard to tell without seeing the head a little more clearly) - another member of the fascinating homalopsid family. Thanks! I wasn't qu...
by MonarchzMan
September 12th, 2011, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 3415

Re: Herping in Borneo

Thanks for the welcome. I've been meaning to fill in more on my herping trips as I've got a number of them. I just am active on a number of forums, and in addition to doing research and all, I've just not had time. But hopefully I will be able to update more frequently. I just moved to Mississippi f...
by MonarchzMan
September 12th, 2011, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 3415

Herping in Borneo

I'm new here, but am more avidly getting into methodically doing field herping (I always have been, but I find myself finding more excuses to go out and try to find some stuff). So I figured I'd share some herps from Borneo. I spent basically the month of August leading a study abroad program to Bor...