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by chrish
January 31st, 2016, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video recording of frog calls
Replies: 9
Views: 2641

Re: Video recording of frog calls

Another thing that does work here, BTW, is that you can post the recording to NAHerp.com or Herpmapper.org and link to that mp3. In the Herp database, you can go to your record, click "Download" under the recording link and it will open up in a new window. Save the URL from the address bar and paste...
by chrish
January 31st, 2016, 8:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video recording of frog calls
Replies: 9
Views: 2641

Re: Video recording of frog calls

I don't know why your mp3 isn't playing, Heather. Is it in your Public folder on Dropbox? I copied it to my dropbox account to see if I could post it - https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/99045551/DSC_6471_MOV.MP3 This version seems to work, for me at least. Yours still doesn't from your Dropbox so ...
by chrish
January 28th, 2016, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video recording of frog calls
Replies: 9
Views: 2641

Re: Video recording of frog calls

I can sometimes use a spectrogram to count calls of certain frog species. It depends on the species and the number of calls. If you can capture the sound from the video recording (easy to do), you can look at the recording in an audio editing tool. I like the free program Audacity (and there are a f...
by chrish
January 27th, 2016, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 NAFHA National Field Trip - Mena, AR - Apr 29 to May 1
Replies: 4
Views: 2368

Re: 2016 NAFHA National Field Trip - Mena, AR - Apr 29 to Ma

Nicely done, Kory.

Thanks for taking the reins on this!
by chrish
January 24th, 2016, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica December 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 9092

Re: Costa Rica December 2015

Beautiful shots of a great diversity of critters. That Dermophis is very cool!
by chrish
January 22nd, 2016, 4:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Isla Catalina herps ...
Replies: 1
Views: 995

Re: Isla Catalina herps ...

wrong link.
by chrish
January 19th, 2016, 2:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: quick improvements on a cheap point-n-shoot?
Replies: 5
Views: 11525

Re: quick improvements on a cheap point-n-shoot?

Kevin has already made a lot of great suggestions, but I might add another. Your photos are too much of a "bullseye". You have placed your subject dead center in the frame. This means there is a lot of extra "space" in the frame that is not being used and in some ways is creating a distraction. This...
by chrish
January 18th, 2016, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - the final post
Replies: 5
Views: 2368

Re: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - the final p

So why is this rather widespread, common, non-descript species my favorite snake memory from Australia so far? No sé, herpers are weird, I guess? I think with age and herp experience, what fascinates us are more of the subtle aspects, and fewer of the shiny objects. Oh....I thought it was just that...
by chrish
January 18th, 2016, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - the final post
Replies: 5
Views: 2368

Re: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - the final p

Nice post! Water Pythons are always a good find around the area. Your Rough-scaled Snake is actually a harmless Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii). The two species are often confused with each other. Oops. :oops: Thanks for the correction. I wondered why I had trouble finding a Rough-scaled with that ...
by chrish
January 17th, 2016, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Odds and ends: Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Morocco
Replies: 4
Views: 2703

Re: Odds and ends: Philippines, Australia, Thailand, Morocco

Some beautiful photos of beautiful creatures, but the platypus shot may have been the coolest of all!
by chrish
January 17th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - the final post
Replies: 5
Views: 2368

Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - the final post

This is reptile installment two from my Xmas 2014 trip to Queensland. Installment one on reptiles near Cairns and Mareebra can be seen here - http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22886 Installment two on reptiles seen inland near Julatten and surrounding areas - http://fieldherpforum....
by chrish
January 17th, 2016, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 36495

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

Some wonderfuls shots so far. Looking at all these shots got me thinking about where we've come in field herp photography over the last 20 years. It used to be these herp in habitat shots were "all the rage" and everyone was trying to emulate them. It used to be tough back in the film/slide days bec...
by chrish
January 7th, 2016, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Article (Chytrid Fungus in Majorcan Midwife Toad)
Replies: 2
Views: 2773

Re: Article (Chytrid Fungus in Majorcan Midwife Toad)

Some good news, I guess. Of course, the chytrid could just as easily reinfect the population as it did the first time.
by chrish
January 4th, 2016, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is the Yuma habitat for L.getulus similar to BreakingBad?
Replies: 9
Views: 4981

Re: Is the Yuma habitat for L.getulus similar to BreakingBad

Unfortunately, the name "Yuma" Kingsnake has been misapplied by people a lot. Originally, it referred to narrow-banded, dark Cal Kings from southern and southwestern Arizona. But not all kings from that area are "Yuma" phase kings. Some are three way intergrades (nigrita x californiae x splendida) a...
by chrish
January 2nd, 2016, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas 2014 - The Reptiles - Installment 3
Replies: 3
Views: 3176

Queensland over Xmas 2014 - The Reptiles - Installment 3

This is reptile installment three from my Xmas 2014 trip to Queensland. Installment one on reptiles can be seen here - http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22886 Installment two on reptiles can be seen here - http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22894 I did already post...
by chrish
December 30th, 2015, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 7, Northern Eyre Peninsula
Replies: 13
Views: 8286

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 7, Northern Eyre Peninsula

Excellent installment! Loving the trip so far, looking forward to part 8.....although "tragically final" has me concerned!
by chrish
December 28th, 2015, 9:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Year in Review--Galapagos, KS, TX
Replies: 7
Views: 4540

Re: 2015 Year in Review--Galapagos, KS, TX

Pretty cool year. You saw some neat herps. But your narrowmouth is an Eastern I think. I've never seen olivacea with that dorsal pattern and I think I see the white on black pattern underneath as well.
by chrish
December 28th, 2015, 9:16 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Ideas for low light macro
Replies: 11
Views: 17101

Re: Ideas for low light macro

I had read that having the ISO up is a big no; but I hadn't noticed more blurriness when I turned it to 600/800. You should try to figure out the limits of your camera. Take it outside in nice bright light and photograph the same contrasty object with no flash at a series of ISO values (200, 400, 8...
by chrish
December 28th, 2015, 8:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I traveled too much this year(AZ, TX, Fl, Wa, etc)
Replies: 11
Views: 5637

Re: I traveled too much this year(AZ, TX, Fl, Wa, etc)

Two questions:

Was the Leptodeira found in the field or on the road?

Also, what species of Eurycea are the two neotenics?
by chrish
December 27th, 2015, 6:40 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Ideas for low light macro
Replies: 11
Views: 17101

Re: Ideas for low light macro

As the others have pointed out, tripods are a good solution for slow (non-) moving amphibians in cool areas, but they can't solve all problems. When shopping for a tripod, remember that a good ball head is as important (to me) as a good tripod. My ball head costs as much as my tripod legs, although ...
by chrish
December 26th, 2015, 10:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Two new species of pitvipers from North America
Replies: 4
Views: 3761

Re: Two new species of pitvipers from North America

Very cool. Who would have thought Mexico had any interesting pit vipers? ;)
by chrish
December 23rd, 2015, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Okefenokee Trip 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 9658

Re: Okefenokee Trip 2015

Great post. Not enough frog pictures ;) , but still a great post.
by chrish
December 23rd, 2015, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer's Here! Eastern and Northern Coast - South Africa.
Replies: 2
Views: 2986

Re: Summer's Here! Eastern and Northern Coast - South Africa

Tyrone,

Superb post. It's great to see such an interesting diversity of South African species we never get to see here. That Xenocalamus is really cool as is the Amphisbaenian.

Thanks for posting!
by chrish
December 23rd, 2015, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is the Yuma habitat for L.getulus similar to BreakingBad?
Replies: 9
Views: 4981

Re: Is the Yuma habitat for L.getulus similar to BreakingBad

bgorum makes a good point. Common Kingsnakes aren't that common in the real "desert" areas. They are much more common in desert grassland habitats, particularly if they aren't too sandy.
by chrish
December 23rd, 2015, 10:50 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: RAW vs JPEG back to back samples ?
Replies: 9
Views: 6229

Re: RAW vs JPEG back to back samples ?

Here's the best comparison I could make quickly. Here is a hopelessly underexposed image of an Amethystine Python crawling off the side of the road. It was pouring rain (see the raindrops?) and I was on a blind curve on a forest road where I couldn't pull over, get out of the car or stop for too lon...
by chrish
December 22nd, 2015, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is the Yuma habitat for L.getulus similar to BreakingBad?
Replies: 9
Views: 4981

Re: Is the Yuma habitat for L.getulus similar to BreakingBad

Why not just search online for images taken in the Yuma area? There are thousands of them. Although, in my experience in AZ, Cal King habitat looks a lot like this - http://www.sandstonemelons.com/assets/imageGallery/morningField.jpg They are most common in along areas of irrigated farmland and hard...
by chrish
December 19th, 2015, 10:26 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: RAW vs JPEG back to back samples ?
Replies: 9
Views: 6229

Re: RAW vs JPEG back to back samples ?

There are many sites where you can see these (DPReview is one good one). The problem is that most raw files are huge and in many cases can't be read by browsers so it is hard to show them. I can upload some high resolution jpg versus a compressed jpg, but that isn't the same as a raw file. We did a ...
by chrish
December 18th, 2015, 1:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - Installment Two
Replies: 6
Views: 3714

Re: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - Installment

Regarding the Dtella, I thought none of the Dtellas had the rings of tubercles/spines on the tail and that was how one could tell them from the Hemidactylus ? That was what I found in my research, at least. So does that mean that I actually found Dtellas, or a mix of both? Or what? --Berkeley I thi...
by chrish
December 18th, 2015, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - Installment Two
Replies: 6
Views: 3714

Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - Installment Two

This is reptile installment two from my Xmas 2014 trip to Queensland. Installment one on reptiles can be seen here - http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22886 I did already post my amphibians, if you missed it - http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22597 Here's my map ...
by chrish
December 16th, 2015, 6:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - Installment One
Replies: 2
Views: 2421

Queensland over Xmas...2014 - The Reptiles - Installment One

I guess since I was in Australia this time last year, it might be time to finish writing up my trip. :oops: That and the fact that I've been shamed into action by all the great Australia posts recently. I did already post my amphibians, if you missed it - http://fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.ph...
by chrish
December 16th, 2015, 5:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 4, Adelaide to Flinders Ranges
Replies: 7
Views: 7072

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

This has been a great series so far. Looking forward to the next installments.
by chrish
December 15th, 2015, 8:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Peninsula Malaysia post
Replies: 13
Views: 9352

Re: Another Peninsula Malaysia post

Great post, impressive diversity of critters, great photos as usual. We also came across Sunbeam Snakes (Xenopeltis Unicolor) and Red-tailed Pipe Snakes (Cylindrophis ruffus) but my photos of them are atrocious. I think your standard is maybe a bit high. Seeing how spectacular your pictures are, I i...
by chrish
December 13th, 2015, 8:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 5649

Re: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015

David, Wonderful post once again. Those lizards are fascinating and to think of finding herps that far south really blows the mind. I guess those would have to be the southernmost herps in the world. Very cool! The lizards were great, but you had me hooked as soon as you showed the Inca Tern. I too ...
by chrish
December 13th, 2015, 10:34 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sony had a good year
Replies: 8
Views: 5474

Re: Sony had a good year

This past year I switched to Sony(A6000) from Canon (5d2, 7d, 50d, T2i, T3i). Super happy about the switchover, but I don't like the Sony lens availability for E-mount cameras. I don't want to do converters either, but I think Sony will fix their E-mount lens situation soon. I love the portability,...
by chrish
December 10th, 2015, 2:08 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 315402

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I should have a pretty decent winter with time in Sabah, Flores, Komodo, northern Sulawesi, and Raja Ampat. Wow. That should add a few birds to the list. Rajah Ampat is very high on my "to visit" list. Snorkeling there is supposed to be the best on the planet. Add a few Birds-of-Paradise and the tr...
by chrish
December 10th, 2015, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip To Australia, Part 3: Taronga Zoo
Replies: 7
Views: 3690

Re: Trip To Australia, Part 3: Taronga Zoo

Great post. Taronga is one of the great zoos in the world, especially for herps. It is also easily accessed by public transportation which is not true of many zoos. I spent many, many a saturday wandering its grounds growing up. You said you saw both species of Brachylophus....except there are three...
by chrish
December 9th, 2015, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Officer nominations time
Replies: 6
Views: 3982

Re: 2016 Officer nominations time

Thanks, but I won't have the time next year.

Chris
by chrish
December 9th, 2015, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!
Replies: 13
Views: 6523

Re: Australian Frog Research '15 - Long and Pic Intensive!

Great stuff. Congrats on getting to go back!

Tree Kangaroo - damn! I looked hard for those things and failed. Great critter!

Any shorebirds at the Esplanade?
by chrish
December 9th, 2015, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area
Replies: 21
Views: 15947

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area

Brilliant so far. Can't wait for episodes 2, 3, 4. etc.

It's almost enough to inspire me to write up my trip from a year ago. :oops:
by chrish
December 8th, 2015, 9:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One of the most awesome frogs IMO!
Replies: 17
Views: 8377

Re: One of the most awesome frogs IMO!

Kurt, As usual, simply beautiful. The time you must invest in your photography pays off. Hi Kurt, What are you using for diffusion here? It looks like your using a hotshoe mounted flash, correct? Thanks! Gabriel Gabriel, If you haven't checked out Kurt's blog, there are lots of cool tips (and diffus...
by chrish
December 6th, 2015, 10:12 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 315402

Re: What was your last lifer?...

State lifer today - White-winged Scoter. Not an easy bird to get in Texas. They appear now and then but are usually one day wonders. This pair stayed around for 3 days so far. Couldn't get close enough for a decent photo, but I got a documentation shot - http://m8.i.pbase.com/g9/15/915115/2/16203286...
by chrish
November 28th, 2015, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which Pituophis has the highest contrast in the pattern ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1530

Re: Which Pituophis has the highest contrast in the pattern

The most contrasty would be the black and white northern pines and P. lineaticollis. Both of these snakes can be black and white.
by chrish
November 27th, 2015, 6:28 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sony had a good year
Replies: 8
Views: 5474

Re: Sony had a good year

I have an SLT-A77ii. It is the best camera I have ever owned. It is probably the first DSLR I've owned that I have never found myself saying "I wish my camera had _____ feature" or "did ______ better". I guess the best indicator of what a great camera it is is that I hadn't heard of the 68 because I...
by chrish
November 26th, 2015, 9:42 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sony had a good year
Replies: 8
Views: 5474

Sony had a good year

I should start this by saying that I'm no Sony apologist. I have a Sony camera system because I inherited my first Minolta mount (now = sony mount) camera in the mid 80s and have been "stuck" with that system ever since. When Sony bought out Minolta, I was a bit worried and almost jumped ship to Nik...
by chrish
November 23rd, 2015, 7:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China 2015: Western Yunnan and Eastern Tibet
Replies: 12
Views: 7184

Re: China 2015: Western Yunnan and Eastern Tibet

Outstanding! The Chinese amphibs are neat but the Tibetan stuff is really amazing.

Thanks for posting this.
by chrish
November 22nd, 2015, 5:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with hook.
Replies: 15
Views: 5941

Re: Traveling with hook.

I think the take home from all of this, particularly if you read back to the two other threads about this is that anything you try to carry on can be confiscated (or you will be faced with the choice of not getting on your flight or throwing away your expensive hook). You really need to consider whe...
by chrish
November 17th, 2015, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with hook.
Replies: 15
Views: 5941

Re: Traveling with hook.

by chrish
November 16th, 2015, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica '15, surfing crocs, bunches of Bothrops and more
Replies: 13
Views: 6692

Re: Costa Rica '15, surfing crocs, bunches of Bothrops and m

Wow. Spectacular photographs, top to bottom. But the photo that has me shaking my head the most was the photo of the Imantodes. That is one of the best photos I've ever seen of an Imantodes, mostly because they are a PITA to photograph. Amazing you got it to stop long enough to fire off a decent shot!
by chrish
November 15th, 2015, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March 2015 Trip to Pigeon Mountain and Okefenokee Swamp
Replies: 10
Views: 5845

Re: March 2015 Trip to Pigeon Mountain and Okefenokee Swamp

Nice post. Love the sally shots. No Pigeon Mtn Sals?