Easter in Moldavia

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Easter in Moldavia

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:01 am

In this last couple of days we once again crossed the EU borders to visit our relatives, and of course to see as much wildlife as possible. :)
The nights in the steppe were cold, with freezing temperatures, but the days were nice and warm, around 20 degrees.
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The amphibians were breeding and their calls filled the air.
Many Fire bellied toads - Bombina bombina:
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Spade-foot Toads - Pelobates fuscus:
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Lots of Marsh Frogs - Pelophylax ridibundus:
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Big Green Toads - Bufo viridis:
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And colorful Tree Frogs - Hyla arborea:
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The reptiles were found basking in the tall grass, or hiding under rocks. ;)
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Here`s a family of Sand Lizards - Lacerta agilis:
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The only snakes were a couple of young Grass Snakes - Natrix natrix, but it was a new species for our baby girls and that made us very happy:
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Apart from herps we kept an eye open for mamals and birds. Some of them let us get close enough for a picture:
European ground squirrel - Spermophilus citellus:
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And it`s eastern relative, the Speckled ground squirrel - Spermophilus suslicus:
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I`ll leave you with my favorite creature of the trip, a long awaited lifer for me, the amazing Wryneck - Jynx torquilla. Photographed in our back yard, of all the strange places! :lol:
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Thanks for reading!
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Re: Easter in Moldavia

Postby Mario Schweiger » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:25 am

This silver treefrog is a great one ;)
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Re: Easter in Moldavia

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:56 am

Thank you!
I knew the Tree Frogs will be a great hit, too bad i was too slow for a black one... :roll:
But here are some more pretty Hylas, just for fun:
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Re: Easter in Moldavia

Postby Mario Schweiger » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:03 am

Where I am?

You should have taken a grey one!
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Re: Easter in Moldavia

Postby Kristian Munkholm » Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:18 am

Mario Schweiger wrote:Where I am?

You should have taken a grey one!


One of them is ;)
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Re: Easter in Moldavia

Postby Peter Oefinger » Tue Apr 26, 2011 6:28 pm

Hi Vlad,
cool steppe landscape. I love the Bombina bombina which I have never seen so far, also the agilis: although a common species it is sometimes tricky to get good in situ shots of these lizards sitting in between the vegetation...
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Re: Easter in Moldavia

Postby Ross Padilla » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:51 am

Some more great shots here. Thanks for posting!
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