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Postby Gerald Ochsenhofer » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:18 pm

At the latest in the middle of the dark season I'm somehow always starting to go through the pictures of herping trips, from recent to category long forgotten. The pictures which usually make me happy the most, and also a main reason for me doing field trips, are in situ shots. I'd like to start a thread (and I think there already has been one of this kind, I'm just not finding it) where everyone is invited to post his/her in situ pictures -- cause it was hard to achieve, the picture got nice, there is a funny story behind or just because one is happy about it and likes to share it.

I'm starting with a picture of Hierophis gemonensis on the island of Pag, Croatia. I'm really glad about it, cause I managed to click a Hierophis - species (which are as you know quite nervous) in situ and managed to connect it with it's habitat. It was quite hard and required a decent amount of patience to approach close enough to use a wide focal length.
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By far easier was the next one, Pristurus carteri, in Oman. Sitting in the glistering sun, unflappable, they're usually one of the easiest herp models.
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The next specimen, Trapelus flavimaculatus, also turned out to be one of the most good-natured photo models ever. In the beginning I thought I need approached it reeeally cautiously crawling on the belly..
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Well, it turned out that this wasn't neccessary :mrgreen:
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Podarcis siculus is one of my personal highlights for photographing, they tend to be hopeless posers and really thankfull photo models.
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And for this one, Lacerta trilineata, I'm also quite happy, cause I managed to approach it with a macro lens
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So that's a glimpse on my in situ fetish, a goal for the next year is to get a decent one of Malpolon, either close-up or in the habitat.

Feel free to share your pictures! :-)

PS.: I still envy Thomas Reich for his selection, especially the Platyceps :-) !
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:15 pm

Montenegro, males of Lacerta viridis viridis cf. 'Adriatic' group found when I was looking for glass lizard
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Montenegro, Hierophis gemonensis found near sea.
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Croatia, Balkan Green Lizard, Lacerta trilineata major

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Sardegna, Podarcis siculus siculus.
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Sardegna, Chalcides ocellatus tiligugu.
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Thailand, Gekko gecko.
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Matthias Kaiser » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:59 pm

Some of this year
H. gemonensis
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P. apodus
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L. bilineata
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V. aspis
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:06 am

Podarcis siculus is one of my personal highlights for photographing, they tend to be hopeless
posers and really thankfull photo models.

Well, once on the island of Krk, Mario and me both had luck with them, see for yourself:

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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Paul Aiscan » Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:06 am

Heres some of my favorite in situs:

Germany:

Salamandra salamandra
ImageSalamander at sunset by Lennart Schmid, auf Flickr

Vipera berus
ImageBaby adder by Lennart Schmid, auf Flickr




Australia:

Varanus varius
ImageLace monitor by Lennart Schmid, auf Flickr

Varanus gouldii
ImageGoanna near Eulo by Lennart Schmid, auf Flickr

Hypsilurus boydii
ImageI dont trust you, human by Lennart Schmid, auf Flickr
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:10 pm

Berislav Horvatic wrote:
Podarcis siculus is one of my personal highlights for photographing, they tend to be hopeless
posers and really thankfull photo models.

Well, once on the island of Krk, Mario and me both had luck with them, see for yourself:

A beautiful Podarcis siculus male, no doubt... But where is the masseteric scale, whether in contact with supratemporalia or not? There isn't any, on both sides of the head... Just a hommage to our very dear
late expert Werner Mayer, from whom I learned a lot... not just I, of course.
[Werner: "Too many exceptions discard this as a useful rule. Also, the massetericum can be simply absent.
So, just forget it."]
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Thomas Reich » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:54 pm

Four pictures from this year:

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Bitis caudalis, Namibia, February 2017. At first I only heard the sound of its hissing in the dark.


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Vipera berus, Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland, May 2017. I found the male and followed it untill I witnessed the encounter with the beautiful female.


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Emys orbicularis and Pseudopus apodus, Bulgaria, June 2017. They aren't often found together.
More here: viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2727


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Vipera berus, Canton of Glarus, Switzerland, July 2017. A good example for a man-made habitat.
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Gerald Ochsenhofer » Sun Dec 17, 2017 8:51 pm

Really cool shots! :-) Gives me motivation for the coming season :-)

Good pictures of V. berus are also quite high on my list...
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Ruggero Morimando » Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:09 pm

Male Vipera aspis in Oltrepo' Pavese (Lombardia). Not far from this place, many years ago, I saw another specimen: a male, which was pale grey (almost white), with a barely visible light grey zig zag pattern on its back.
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Barely visible H.viridiflavus. Not far from Pavia (Lombardia), over the wall of an ancient castle, well known (among us!) for its viridiflavus population.
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Oltrepo' Pavese: beautifully coloured male Z.longissimus, in a chestnut wood.
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Beautifully coloured huge male of Cres. Opposite type of colour! :o
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Female Malpolon in Cres (only the head visible!), while the male was on the right outside the den...
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Malpolon male in habitat (Cres)
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More in detail
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Two Malpolon males (Cres)
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Some Malpolon from Cres
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The important thing is to remain motionless...
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Difficult to see. Agumbe (India): female Ophiophagus while preying on a P.mucosa.
Only the head of the king cobra is visible.
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Male king cobra in Agumbe.
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Male king cobra in Karnataka (?) (India). The female was in the den and I never saw her.
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Re: in situ pictures

Postby Gerald Ochsenhofer » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:46 pm

Hehe, so much pictures of Malpolon make me a little jealous ;)
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