First USA visit (Tulsa/Arizona)

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First USA visit (Tulsa/Arizona)

Post by gus » August 9th, 2015, 10:43 pm

Last year I managed my first visit to the USA, I came for the Biology of the Pit Viper conference, and believe it or not I was the only Australian...
Anyway, I managed a day in a local park in Tulsa and then 3 weeks in Arizona with friends from University. Keeping the discussions to a minimum, I saw some amazing animals. I've included some pics of predominantly herps, with a few exceptions. There is a link to all the wildlife images at the bottom should anyone be interested.

ImageLyre Snake by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageCommon Snapping Turtle by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageThree-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageTexas Horned Lizard by Angus McNab, on Flickr

My first ever hummingbird!!
ImageRuby-throated Hummingbird by Angus McNab, on Flickr

Squirrels are amazing, and everywhere (though not as good as chipmunks)
ImageGrey Squirrel by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageGray Fox by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageGlossy Snake by Angus McNab, on Flickr

My first ever rattlesnake, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of rattle
ImageCrotalus cerastes, Sidewinder by Angus McNab, on Flickr

This also had only a nub and no rattle
ImageBanded Rock Rattlesnake by Angus McNab, on Flickr

This one however, gave more than enough rattle. I was pretty happy about this as well as had it not rattled I would have stepped on it.
ImageBlack-tailed Rattlesnake by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageMojave Rattlesnake by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageWestern Patch-nosed Snake by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageDesert Cottontail by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageChiricuan Leopard Frog by Angus McNab, on Flickr

Mammals where amazingly abundant during the day, which is hugely differrent from australia where almost all mammals are nocturnal
ImageBig Horn Sheep by Angus McNab, on Flickr

ImageBlack-tailed Prairie Dog by Angus McNab, on Flickr

and what I take it is a fairly rare bird in the USA,
ImageElegant Trogon by Angus McNab, on Flickr

There is plenty of other photos of other fauna groups should anyone be interested https://www.flickr.com/photos/angusmcna ... 0629357631

Following from the USA I headed to Costa Rica, will post photos from that trip soon.

Cheers
Angus

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Re: First USA visit (Tulsa/Arizona)

Post by chris_mcmartin » August 10th, 2015, 1:25 pm

Awesome; you did very well for your first visit!

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Re: First USA visit (Tulsa/Arizona)

Post by Mike VanValen » August 12th, 2015, 4:58 pm

Nice stuff. Your grey squirrel is actually a fox squirrel.

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Re: First USA visit (Tulsa/Arizona)

Post by gus » August 12th, 2015, 7:32 pm

Thanks for the correction :)

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Re: First USA visit (Tulsa/Arizona)

Post by chrish » August 12th, 2015, 8:03 pm

Great stuff. Looks like you had a pretty good trip.
Love the trogon shot. They aren't rare per se, they just have a fairly small range in the US and are only there in the breeding season. Great shot though!

Looked at your other shots on Flicker. Neat stuff - Berylline Hummer is a lot harder to find in the US than Elegant Trogon in my experience (i.e. I've never seen one in the US).

That blackish Thomomys is amazing! I've never seen a pocket gopher with that much black.

Your photo labelled "rodent" appears to be a species of Neotoma.

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