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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Guillaume Gomard » Sat Feb 25, 2017 6:04 pm

After exactly 2 months of herping inactivity (last reptiles seen were lizards around Madrid during Xmas time), I was very pleased to observe again N.natrix basking at around 12h (T°C around 11°C according to weather forecast). 3 specimens were spotted in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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Here we go! 8-)
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:28 pm

today i found bufo bufo in a drainage manhole but ponds were empty
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Andre Schmid » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:59 am

Hi,

now I can also support this thread :D Looks like the winter challenge is done - to get a more or less good picture of Alcedo atthis:

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So I think birding is over - lets go herping :mrgreen:

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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Bobby Bok » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:32 pm

Here in Bavaria spring finally kicked in as well, and Laura and I headed towards the a beautiful moor close to the Alps. While there were still patches of snow and ice we found the first hardy reptiles (Anguis, Vipera, Zootoca) out basking. For us this was a personal record and we have never found snakes in February in Bavaria before. The Adders were still very dirty from spending several months in hibernation.

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Anguis fragilis

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Adder number 1, basking next to the path.

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Adder number 2, easy to spot as it was almost white!

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Adder number 2

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Again no basking adders on snow, but this lucky find made up for that!
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Guillaume Gomard » Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:51 pm

Nice to see those dirty adders from different parts of Germany. From my own observations (4 more N.natrix spotted today) and from what I can read here and there, it seems that this year is indeed quite peculiar because of the quite mild winter.
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Daniel Bohle » Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:58 pm

I would not call this a mild winter:
http://www.dwd.de/DE/wetter/wetterundkl ... _node.html
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:49 pm

Pics from today, my first of the Season

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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Alexandre Roux » Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:19 pm

A little bit more for you guys. 4 asp vipers last sunday including a young one.

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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Bobby Bok » Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:11 pm

I love that last picture :D
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:16 am

Bobby Bok wrote:I love that last picture :D

The vipers are great, but yes!!
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