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Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:19 am

Hi gang!

First, i must apologize for my recent `radio silence` and congratulate all of you who posted those nice reports latley. I no longer have internet acsess at work, my computer from home broke down, and now i`m not even in Romania; i am writing to you from Modavia. :mrgreen:
But slow internet is better than no internet at all, right?! ;)

As the title says, i came here to add Podarcis tauricus to my year list, and i have done that on my first day out! :D Sorry for the short narative, but the keyboard is not working properly and it`s taking a lot of time to copy-paste letters from other texts...Here are some shots from the steppe:

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My target

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Sand lizard

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another one

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Eastern Green lizard

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Tree Frog

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Marsh Frog


I fipped lots of AC and saw many toads this way. But sometimes under the cover i found the strangest things... :lol:

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Green Toad

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I actually flipped this...

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And their parent too !


When herping was slow i focused on inverts, and so i photographed this cuties:
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Emmelia trabealis

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caterpiar.JPG


We still have a few days of herping ahead of us and if anything new pops up i`ll post it here for sure. Thanks for reading.
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Cheers!

Vlad
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Francesco Tri » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:57 am

I see you have made ​​a good fishing!

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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Francesco Tri » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:57 am

I see you have gloves Montenegro!

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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Peter Oefinger » Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:01 am

Nice Lacerta agilis...
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Ilian Velikov » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:05 am

Nice finds, Vlad! What's the bird which nest you flipped? Is the fishing rod for fish or lizards? ;)
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:09 pm

Thanks for the replies everybody!

The fishing rod is for keeping my father in-law busy while i run around the watering holes in search of herps and birds. :D
And the unusual flip actually invoved both the nest and the mother Northern Wheatear.

Anyway, our daughter turned one today, check out her `present` ;) :
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Paul Lambourne » Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:19 pm

Vlad,

Glad you got your wanted tick :D .. I must being soft in my old age but I really think your daughter should have a car seat, left to rattle around in the boot she might damage the fishing rod :D

Happy first birthday :P wish Id started herping at one..Id have a better list :D

Cheers Paul
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:19 pm

Went for a walk outside the town this morning and saw some neat creatures in spite of the intense heat. Most are inverts :P , but there is a herp in there as well. ;)
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Steppe

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Yellowhammer

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Spotted Flycatcher chicks

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Fire-bellied Toad

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Bug

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Bug.

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Spider eating a bee

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See you later!
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Borji Heras » Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:58 pm

have you ever seen any vipera nikolskii in Moldova?
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Re: Balkan Wall Lizard & stuff

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:21 pm

Borji Heras wrote:have you ever seen any vipera nikolskii in Moldova?


Morphologically, their presence has been established for Romania too.
=> http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/b ... 1/art00006

The black one we saw is (or should be) one =>
http://www.hylawerkgroep.be/jeroen/index.php?id=39

Same place, different team =>
http://www.klooiplek.eu/trips/romania/b ... orest.html

Note that molecular data needs to confirm the morphological evidence. At present, the taxonomical status is unclear, so the best decision seems to at least not treat this as a separate species. So, based on available info = Vipera berus nikolskii, perhaps Vipera (berus) nikolskii, but not Vipera nikolskii (in my opinion).
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