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The usual suspects

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:23 am

I`m still in Moldavia getting ready for the family events like birthdays and weddings that we actually came here for this time, but at least in the last couple of days i had the opportunity to go birding and herping.

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Steppe

Finding stuff in the summer usually means locating cattle watering holes and poking around abandoned wells and farm buildings. Not the most galamorous kind of wildlife watching, but it does work.
I'll start with some rare or endangered birds, both here as well as in Romania:

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Tadorna tadorna, Egreta garzetta, Himantopus himantopus and Larus cachinans

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Recurvirostra avosetta

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Pelecanus onocrotalus

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Tadorna ferugineea

And now for the more common ones:

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Vanellus vanellus

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Riparia riparia

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Lanius collurio


Moving on to the herps now, in case you did't scroll directly over here: ;)

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Pelophylax ridibundus

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Pelobates fuscus

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Bombina bombina

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Bufo viridis

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Podarcis tauricus

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Lacerta agilis

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Natrix natrix

We`ll be heading back on Monday, so there is still a chance of turning up some cool species al least while travelling from one relative to another; but since both Corina and myself are fighting a common cold at the momment i thought it safer to make the post now.
Hope everyone found something they liked.

Cheers!
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Re: The usual suspects

Postby Ilian Velikov » Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:47 pm

:shock: What's with the congregation of frogs under the tauricus. Were those flipped? Now that's a photo with different species in it! I don't think I've seen one with three herp species on the same spot (or are there more?):) I also love the Natrix shot! Very nice variety of birds too. Looks like you had a good time.
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Re: The usual suspects

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:13 pm

That congregation Ilian is just the tip of the iceberg, unfortunately. Imagine spadefoots burying into a mass of dozens of trapped spadefoots... :shock:
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Re: The usual suspects

Postby Ilian Velikov » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:27 pm

So do you mean they were all in a manhole or something? I f they were, did you get them out? There are a few B.viridis as well...
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Re: The usual suspects

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:22 am

Yeah, they all endend up in quite a few deep manholes that were filled among others with rusty metal objects and dead dogs, way to dangerous to descend into, even if i had some rope or a ladder, wich i didn`t, as we were tryng to keep a low profile while traveling in the separatist region of Gagauzia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gagauzia). :roll:
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Re: The usual suspects

Postby Ilian Velikov » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:09 pm

Yeah, it makes sense..I know about Gagauzia, there are a lot of Bulgarians there too..
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