This drought is killing me !

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This drought is killing me !

Postby Vlad Cioflec » Thu Aug 25, 2011 10:06 am

As if herping in the moldavian steppe wasn`t hard enough, this summer`s trip had to be done in a serious drought, with scorching midday temperatures, lakes dissapearing and the like... :roll:
But as you all know, herping in adverse conditions is better than no herping at all of course, so we went out anyway and enjoyed the local critters. :mrgreen:
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Forest-steppe

We also kept an eye out for birds and although we recorded around eighty species, no real rarities were seen. The endangered Pallid Harrier was a sweet find though. ;)
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Caspian Gulls & Little Egrets

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Teal

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Pallid Harier

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Little Owl

Apart from a couple of fast or skittish Sand, Balkan Wall Lizards and Fire-bellied Toads we also ran into Grass Snakes, Green Toads, Marsh Frogs and Eastern Green Lizards.
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Lacerta viridis

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Natrix natrix

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Bufo viridis

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Pelophylax ridibundus

I`ll leave you for now with two cute yet unidentified yellow spiders and if anything pops up till Saturday when we leave Moldavia i will post it here for sure.
Thanks for reading.
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Cute spider
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Cute spider no. 2

Cheers!
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Re: This drought is killing me !

Postby Paul Lambourne » Thu Aug 25, 2011 11:23 am

Vlad,

Stop whinging about the sun..I have just come back from a three day rapid herp road trip where we had torrential rain in three countries :D (trip report to follow)
Pallid harrier awesome.. I need it on my list... its my last Euro harrier to see :D

Cheers Paul
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Re: This drought is killing me !

Postby Ilian Velikov » Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:04 pm

Vlad, I'm in Bulgaria at the moment and I now what you mean! It's f***ing crazy hot and dry (37-40C)! :? Surprisingly, I'm finding more amphibians than reptiles ! :?: I still have some days before I go back to the UK, so I hope the weather will change and that there will be a bit more reptiles!

Congrats on your findings, though! It looks like you have more luck than me! ;)
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Re: This drought is killing me !

Postby Ross Padilla » Sat Feb 04, 2012 7:50 am

Droughts suck. We had a bad one in 2007. Only got 3' that year and it only rained about 1/4" at a time, so everything pretty much dried up before it rained again. Nothing turned green that year, but there were still a few herps to be found.
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