Morocco - april 2015

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Morocco - april 2015

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sat Apr 11, 2015 9:50 pm

Between 02. and 09.april we were in the south-west of Morocco. We flew in from Norway to Marrakech, and used the first day to drive south to Guelmim, and the last day to drove north again.

All our trips out in the field was in the area, Assa-Guelmim-Tan Tan. As I'm not the story teller as many others here, I will just show the pictures that I got from the trip. Please feel free to ask any questions, and I will answer the if I can.

ImageAmietophrynus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Amietophrynus marutinanicus, Tighmert


ImageChalcides occelatus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageChalcides occelatus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageChalcides occelatus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Chalcides occelatus, Fask


ImageChalcides polylepis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Chalcides plylepis, between Guelmim and Tan Tan


ImageAcanthodactylus pardalis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Acanthodactylus pardalis, Tan Tan


ImageUromastyx acanthinura by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Uromastyx acanthinura, Assa


ImageAgama impalearis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Agama impalearis, Assa


ImageTropicolotes algericus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageTropicolotes algericus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Tropicolotes algericus, Aoiunet Lahna


ImageTarentola chazilae by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageTarentola chazilae by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageTarentola chazilae by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Tarentola chazilae, Tan Tan


ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Stenodactylus mauritanica, Tan Tan


ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Stenodactylus mauritanica, Fask


ImageRhagerhis moilensis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageRhagerhis moilensis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageRhagerhis moilensis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Rhagheris moilensis, between Guelmim and Tan Tan


ImageSpalerosophis dolichospilus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Spalerosophis dolichospilus, near Fask


ImagePsammophis sokhari by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImagePsammophis sokhari by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImagePsammophis sokhari by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Psammophis schokari, between Guelmim and Tan Tan


ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Bitis arietans, Tan Tan


ImageMacrovipera mauritanica by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageMacrovipera mauritanica by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Macrovipera mauritanica, Tan Tan


ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Cerastes cerastes, Fask


Species list :

Amietophrynus marutinanicus
Bufotes boulengeri
Pelophylax saharicus

Mauremys leprosa

Tarentola mauritanica
Tarentola chazilae
Stenodactylus mauritanica
Tropicolotes algericus
Agama impalearis
Trapelus boehmei
Uromastyx acanthinura
Acanthodactylus pardalis
(and probably at least one more species of these..)
Chalcides polylepis
Chalcides occelatus

Spalerosophis dolichospilus
Rhagheris moilensis
Psammophis schokari
Macrovipera mauritanica
Bitis arietans
Cerastes cerastes
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Peter Oefinger » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:34 am

Very nice shots- Congrats!
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Niklas Ban » Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:30 pm

The Bitis and Acanthodactylus pardalis are my favourites! Nice pictures I very like your photography.
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Guillaume Gomard » Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:56 pm

Outstanding gallery, it's hard to believe you saw so many species within 1 week (really lucky to have found Bitis and Macrovipera!). How were the temperatures looking like?
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:21 pm

Thanks.

@Guillame. We were very pleased with the outcome, but I had hoped on a couple of more geckos on this trip. But we can not complain ! We logged many kilometers walking (and off course driving) on the 6 days we had for herping.

As for the weather it was hot when we arrived, 30-35 degrees, but this turned on the nigth to saturday and for the next 2 days we had rather cold weather and little sun (night time temps on 10-13 degrees). I got a bit hotter the last days, with day time temps on around 25 degrees
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:22 pm

Great shots! I particularly love the Agama impalearis photo! I think your trip was very successful :)

What macro lens do you use? Nikon 105 mm VR macro?
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Thor Hakonsen » Sun Apr 12, 2015 3:43 pm

Thanks Ronald,

On this trip I used the 105 VR and 60mm f/2.8 - the occelatus shots is done with 60mm.
I also used the Olympus E-M1 and 40-150 f/2.8 PRO on this trip. And excellent combo as e light field kit with good reach, and the possibility to shoot 1:2 when necessary.
The shots of Macrovipera, BItis, Acanthodactylis and Stenodactylus at Tan Tan is shot with this kombo (and also some of the Cerastes shots)
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby GertJan Verspui » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:58 am

Very good result for 6 days and some great photographs, love the Rhagheris moilensis!

We will go there too in 10 days, hopefully we have the same results!

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:07 am

Nice. Love the geckos and the Macrovipera has an awesome head.
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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Postby Ronald Zimmerman » Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:07 pm

Thor Hakonsen wrote:Thanks Ronald,

On this trip I used the 105 VR and 60mm f/2.8 - the occelatus shots is done with 60mm.
I also used the Olympus E-M1 and 40-150 f/2.8 PRO on this trip. And excellent combo as e light field kit with good reach, and the possibility to shoot 1:2 when necessary.
The shots of Macrovipera, BItis, Acanthodactylis and Stenodactylus at Tan Tan is shot with this kombo (and also some of the Cerastes shots)

Thanks for the info. I really like the D4 and 105mm macro combination.. :)
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