Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon May 09, 2011 7:34 pm

Very impressive Jürgen, I love the Daboia!
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Paul Lambourne » Mon May 09, 2011 7:45 pm

Jurgen,

Great trip pics, the Daboia was stunning.. even my girlfriend was interested when I showed her the fox :D the one in the hole, not the one with the Daboia, before you ask :D
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon May 09, 2011 8:14 pm

Bobby Bok wrote:Very impressive Jürgen, I love the Daboia!


+ 1 !!!
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon May 09, 2011 8:39 pm

These collaris seem to violate the main distinctive feature between them and najadum... :shock:
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Gabriel Martínez » Tue May 10, 2011 2:39 pm

The first photo (Budi, Jurgen, Gabri) was taken by my camera. Maybe by a Laudakia because is the worst photo I´ve never seen! :lol:

I love the habitat photos. It´s incredible the Gilboa habitat, similar to Spain fields but with Echis, Daboia, Atractaspis... and a Platyceps collaris under each rock ;)

Yesterday evening I did my first herping expedition post Israel. Vipera latastei (with salmon pink ventral side :shock: ), Malpolon monspessulanus, Rhinechis scalaris and many lizards (Timon, Psammodromus, Podarcis...). It´s not the same but help me to return to the real world... (I guess Jurgen did the same with berus...)

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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue May 10, 2011 2:45 pm

Gabriel Martínez wrote:It´s not the same but help me to return to the real world...


Djeez... If only you knew how spoiled you are ..........
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Tue May 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Gabriel Martínez wrote:The first photo (Budi, Jurgen, Gabri) was taken by my camera. Maybe by a Laudakia because is the worst photo I´ve never seen! :lol:


Sorry!!! :oops:

Gabriel Martínez wrote: It´s not the same but help me to return to the real world... (I guess Jurgen did the same with berus...)


Yes, I do the same, but the real world sucks!!!
I want to go back to Herpers paradise,right now!!!
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Mario Schweiger » Tue May 10, 2011 7:12 pm

Great report and impressive pics en gros ;)
Thanks to all (doesnt matter who has made the pictures - no difference) ;)

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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Thomas Bader » Sun Jul 10, 2011 9:58 am

Excellent report, great records, impressive landscape
wow, I envy you...
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Re: Israel - In search of the Holy Grail!!

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:58 pm

Thank you Thomas!
Sometimes I couldn’t believe what luck we had. During the day it was work but at night… Guy told us the best time for scanning roads at night is between sunset and 11.00 p.m., after 11.00 there are no more activities on the Road, the best conditions no wind and temperature between 18 and 22 Degrees.

In our first night we found just one snake on the road, Echis coloratus, one of our wish list. Temperature 15 Degrees and a strong wind.

We found the two Telescopus hogstralii ten and twenty minutes after midnight, Temperature 16 Degrees also strong wind.

And during our last night on the road, when Gabri`s dream came true (I think the nights before were more a nightmare than a Dream) Temperature was 13 Degrees with a cold wind.
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