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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Ilian Velikov » Tue Feb 28, 2017 11:19 am

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Bobby Bok wrote:
I love that last picture

The vipers are great, but yes!!


+1 :)

I still haven't been to the local adder site but I found this guy a few nights ago while having a cigarette in the small park next to my home (hence the phone photo). The photo is in-situ, he was on his way to the water. I wonder if this was his post-hibernation migration to the pond or if he was already in the pond and got out to feed. His crest and tail fin look developed so I assume he's been in the water already.
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Unfortunately, the weather has gone bad again since then and I haven't seen any neither on land nor in the water.
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Kristian Munkholm » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:31 pm

Season finally under way here in Denmark as well now.

Saw my first - incidental - herp of the year Monday evening as I went for a walk after dropping off my daughter at ballet practice, a common toad crossing the path en route to the pond.

Last night I went on the first dedicated herping trip, just a short stop at two small ponds for our earliest anuran breeder, the agile frog. I had heard reports of choruses the previous night but it was late before I got out and temeperatures had dropped, a thin crust of ice forming on the surface.

Predictably, activity was low with no calling males. Nonetheless I found 15 frogs, including one amplexed couple, 8 smooth newts, and 2 great crested newts.

Elsewhere in Denmark, reports of the first common frogs, viviparous lizard and grass snake have ticked in. The latter is quite surprising, given that I haven't heard of adders yet. These should show up any day now, though...
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Andre Schmid » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:04 am

Some shots from yesterday, during exploring some new sites in northern Black Forest.

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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:23 am

nice first berus observations!
Will try it here in the next days, but the forecast doesnt be such good until wednes- or thursday :(
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:59 am

My yearly jealousy kicks in again. ;)
Great stuff, guys!
Away with winter!
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Guillaume Gomard » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:19 pm

As I had to drive to France this week-end, I took the occasion to herp during the few sunny hours and could observe around 10 asp vipers (males), either isolated or in group (max. group made of 3 individuals). Few portraits below:
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My herping appetite should next lead me to my favorite adder sites :)
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Tomas Klacek » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:38 am

Last friday I seted off to take my chances. I hope in adders, but only found two brave viviparous lizards and some agile frog males in puddles. Anyway I´m happy winter is gone here and everything slowly starting...
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Aleksandar Simovic » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:24 pm

My first bosniensis this year, from last saturday :)

ImageMy first Balkan adder in 2017 by Aleksandar Simović, on Flickr
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Yannick Francioli » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:57 pm

My first aspis, from 27/02/17

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Maybe my favourite in situ shot ever :)
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:28 pm

Yannick Francioli wrote:My first aspis, from 27/02/17

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why is this aspis having open mouth?
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