Tripreport Iran spring 2016

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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Niklas Ban » Tue May 17, 2016 9:06 am

Very entertaining story and pictures! One of my best friends is from Iran and he always tell me, that I have to go with him visit the country, seems that he is right.
(And as you wrote, the people are so damn friendly sometimes it's annoying how friendly they are :lol: )
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Mario Riedling » Tue May 17, 2016 4:55 pm

What a massice report!
It was so much fun to read and watch all your photos.

I really do understands Joachims wish to see Paradactylodon :o

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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Alexandre Roux » Tue May 17, 2016 5:30 pm

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:I'm not ashamed to admit I'm jealous. This has to be one of the most appealling trips I've seen... Intriguing, surprising and beautifully portrayed! Thanks!


Looks like I share your opinion :shock:

I'm really scared to read what you did just to get into the famous viper valley...
For those who plan to go there, there are surely things to know !
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Matthieu Berroneau » Tue May 17, 2016 6:35 pm

Hello everybody!
Here is the french point of view of this Iranian trip :D !
http://www.herpetofocus.fr/blog/
What can I say... Fabulous landscape, fabulous species, fabulous team...
It was great my friends ! :mrgreen:

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Pfiiiou !!
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue May 17, 2016 7:27 pm

And of course, Matthieu's photography blew me away again.... = :o
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Kristian Munkholm » Tue May 17, 2016 8:29 pm

Congrats, guys :)

... & yes, I'm as envious as everyone else.

Great trip, great report, great finds - and that urarachnoides :shock:
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Frédéric Seyffarth » Tue May 17, 2016 10:10 pm

"Just" amazing...

Thanks a lot for sharing. I envy all your trips!
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Thomas Reich » Tue May 17, 2016 10:29 pm

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:I'm not ashamed to admit I'm jealous. This has to be one of the most appealling trips I've seen... Intriguing, surprising and beautifully portrayed! Thanks!

That's exactly what I was thinking when reading the entertaining and informative report!

Not being a salamander man myself, I must say I love these beautiful salamanders and newts. It's deplorable to hear - but not surprising at all - that nature is being destroyed there, too.
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Bobby Bok » Wed May 18, 2016 4:06 pm

Many, many, many thanks everyone! Very glad you all like the report :) This must have been one of the perfect trips I have done; we were lucky with the weather in most cases, our planning matched the weather most fittingly, planning half a year to arrange the permits and everything else paid off and thanks to the huge effort put in by the team we were able to see almost all our main targets and so much else. I can only say that Iran is a fantastic country to go to and as so often it is depicted mostly negatively in the media. A reputation the country doesn't deserve. The only negative thing about this country is its lack of chameleons :lol: Oh, and two weeks without beer was also special.

Neil Rowntree wrote:Don't suppose it was doing its tail thing when spotted?


Sadly not, wish we could have had more time in this area to see that though! Need to go back for sure!

Robin Duborget wrote:Have you some pictures of Iranian Flora ?
How were people ? If I'm asking it's because I'm really tempted with Iran.

No, too many herps to distract me from photographing anything else :lol: The people were amazing, it's all in the report ;)

Thomas Bader wrote:Unbelievable what you have seen during this short period of time. Congratulations.
We also just came back from our Iran trip and I can just underline everything you wrote about this country.
I am also really jeallous...
Thomas


Can't wait to see your tripreport as well Thomas, I am sure you have seen loads of inetersting species as well!

Mario Riedling wrote:I really do understands Joachims wish to see Paradactylodon :o


Joachim wasn't the only one crawling half naked through batshit trying to find this beauty, only the spider-tailed viper was higher on my wishlist, shortly followed by this amazing Hynobiidae ;)

Thomas Reich wrote:Not being a salamander man myself, I must say I love these beautiful salamanders and newts. It's deplorable to hear - but not surprising at all - that nature is being destroyed there, too.


Yes, sadly this of course happens everywhere and luckily at least in the case of Iran, there are plenty of people working on protecting the special nature within the national parks and several key-species such as the spider-tailed viper and the gorgan cave salamander.
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Re: Tripreport Iran spring 2016

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Wed May 18, 2016 4:58 pm

Thanks for the great reports and photography!
This is really a dreamtrip for most of us! The spider-tailed viper is the absolute highlight, after Bobby on the scooter! :D
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