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by NACairns
July 16th, 2017, 7:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 33383

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Neat little video. I have such mixed feelings about non-native herps getting established but that was I nice explanation for chameleons in Florida.
Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
July 6th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Second Quarter 2017: Alabama and Colorado
Replies: 7
Views: 2659

Re: Second Quarter 2017: Alabama and Colorado

Beautiful shots, given the geographic coverage this is a perfect post unification post. Love the diversity.
Thanks,
Nick
by NACairns
July 6th, 2017, 7:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 12
Views: 3969

Re: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)

Great post, love the photos. That rhombomaculata is stunning as are Clemmys.
Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
July 6th, 2017, 7:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK
Replies: 7
Views: 2939

Re: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK

Thanks for the info Bill, I've heard about cannibalism in the fast developing larvae in arid areas but this is really interesting ecological story.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 26th, 2017, 6:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)
Replies: 7
Views: 6038

Re: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)

Well good luck with those classes, the Chiri's are a heck of a nice place to tack a break alright.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 26th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)
Replies: 17
Views: 6132

Re: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)

Fantastic post, I echo Ribbit's sentiment on the effort you obviously put into this. I appreciate you labelling all the photos especially the flora looks like it was a stunning bloom this year. I especially loved the Holbrookia series and the Phryno photos.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
June 26th, 2017, 6:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visual Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Eastern U.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 8747

Re: Visual Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Eastern U.S.

Keep us up to date on your plans for it, such a useful resource to have. It would be great to see it for western species: Here are a few: https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7433/12854251185_4f71a79576_c.jpg Pseudacris maculata and Spea bombifrons by N Cairns , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/622/...
by NACairns
June 26th, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A few of my better bird shots
Replies: 20
Views: 13056

Re: A few of my better bird shots

Outstanding shots, that Sulphur-bellied looks like quite the beast. I didn't pay enough attention to birds when I was in the Chiricahuas, these are great.
Thanks,
Nick
by NACairns
June 24th, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A few of my better bird shots
Replies: 20
Views: 13056

Re: A few of my better bird shots

Outstanding photos! Love the diversity of flycatchers.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 24th, 2017, 9:16 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)
Replies: 7
Views: 6038

Re: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)

Great post, I love the Chiri's and it's nice to see the critters. Montezuma quail are always great to see. Hope the chem exam went well.
Thanks for sharing,
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 24th, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One-eyed Tadpole
Replies: 2
Views: 1347

Re: One-eyed Tadpole

Did you hold onto it I'd be interested to hear how it develops.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 19th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK
Replies: 7
Views: 2939

Re: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK

Thanks Porter and Melissaisdown the Queen snake was a huge treat and this one was really cooperative so compared to what I was expecting it was lovely to photograph. That badger was less calm. Neotenic Ambystoma are so weirdly shaped. https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2913/34000244381_c54890b9aa_c.jpg A...
by NACairns
June 15th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Romania 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 3158

Re: Romania 2017

great post I love to see representation from areas where I'd not even considered to be good herping spots. Now I know better. Love a good spadefoot as well, Pelobates is a really interesting looking genus.
Also like the shirts.
Thanks,
Nick
by NACairns
June 15th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK
Replies: 7
Views: 2939

Re: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK

Thanks Bill.
by NACairns
June 14th, 2017, 9:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK
Replies: 7
Views: 2939

Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK

I haven't been able to participate much in the FHF these days, I am in the home stretch of my graduate research and that has been the the focus of my time these days so less herping and less mucking around on the internet. Anyways here is a little post of my year so far, it is just the highlights or...
by NACairns
June 13th, 2017, 7:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Boa action, crossed off targets, and nighttime magic
Replies: 9
Views: 3667

Re: Boa action, crossed off targets, and nighttime magic

Fantastic shots, really jealous. That switaki and the mcallii are amazing finds.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
June 13th, 2017, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Going the Extra Mile - DOR live birth
Replies: 25
Views: 12697

Re: Going the Extra Mile - DOR live birth

Fantastic man, I've cut open gravid DOR females but never been there soon enough. Glad you gave these neonates a chance.
Well done,
Nick
by NACairns
April 12th, 2017, 7:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Soliciting for Slimy Salamander locales [research]
Replies: 5
Views: 2082

Re: Soliciting for Slimy Salamander locales [research]

Sounds like a fun project, I won't be much help but hopefully folks here will have some additional locals for you. Good luck Peter.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
April 11th, 2017, 9:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 7393

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

What a great thing to look at, the diversity is amazing and I really like the narrative. I'm now very interested to know the "tricks of the trade" for finding large leaf-litter frogs like Megophrys. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
April 11th, 2017, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA etc)
Replies: 8
Views: 4362

Re: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA

Absolutely nuts. That was a spectacular post.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
March 14th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 7930

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Great post and photos. So much diversity but that Rhacophorus norhayatii is a stunning frog.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
March 14th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 5718

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Wonderful post. Great photos and I loved the narrative. The convergence in lizards between these agamids and Central American's iguanids is amazing to see.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
March 14th, 2017, 3:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Time for a February in Review Post
Replies: 8
Views: 2229

Re: Time for a February in Review Post

Great post, as always lovely photos. I agree on Daniel's bird ID.
by NACairns
February 20th, 2017, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 4
Views: 2012

Undescribed species

I was wondering what stories folks here have about interacting with undescribed species? I've run into critters outside of their ranges and species I couldn't identify but I've only had one experience where I knew (unfortunately after the fact) that the animal was unknown/unnamed. In early April 200...
by NACairns
February 20th, 2017, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter So Far
Replies: 6
Views: 1674

Re: Winter So Far

Great year so far. Looking forward to seeing more tadpoles as the year progresses.
Thanks,
Nick
by NACairns
February 20th, 2017, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rogue Year
Replies: 10
Views: 3503

Re: Rogue Year

Great post, lovely to see all those salamanders, makes me looking forward to spring even more. Running into a crocodile would be amazing enough but to see one laying eggs would be an amazing observation. Was that copperhead (the one after the ratsnake) from CT? Thanks for sharing,
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
February 10th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: first Kansas trip since 1970
Replies: 2
Views: 1362

Re: first Kansas trip since 1970

Cimarron National Grasslands and Cheyenne Bottoms were the two stops I made last time I past through Kansas and both sites were amazing. Cimarron is a spectacular short grass prairie and Cheyenne Bottoms is a stunning wetland. I also find the Kansas herp atlas really helpful http://webcat.fhsu.edu/k...
by NACairns
February 10th, 2017, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoot or frog eggs?
Replies: 3
Views: 1482

Re: Spadefoot or frog eggs?

Very cool observation. Great shot as well. Let us know how they develop.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
January 29th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 3 The Top End
Replies: 9
Views: 3758

Re: Lizarding across Australia: Part 3 The Top End

What trip and a report! A dream for sure. I loved the diversity of taxa and the photography is great. With all the herps on display I'm a bit surprised to say that my favorite shot is the green ants. Thanks for sharing this.
Best.
Nick
by NACairns
January 29th, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images
Replies: 28
Views: 7100

Re: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images

Great photos, this guy was sort of hidden in plain sight. Warm (23C), sunny day in moist low area with predominantly sandy substrate. We walked within 10 feet of this beast and his presence was made to us only by his huffing and puffing. https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5226/29525852783_e26f5975d3_z.jp...
by NACairns
January 28th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 117416

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

Great stuff! Here are a few from this fall: https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5763/30270790436_9c5c7ff922_z.jpg Coluber constrictor by N Cairns , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8555/30057336750_801f936e06_z.jpg Crotalus viridis by N Cairns , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8550/30318988...
by NACairns
January 28th, 2017, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vipers of 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 4223

Re: Vipers of 2016

Absolutely beautiful, looks like a great year. Vipers in March seems so early for that sort of latitude.
Thanks
Nick
by NACairns
January 28th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2016 (FL, MI, Canada)
Replies: 8
Views: 2884

Re: EOY 2016 (FL, MI, Canada)

Spectacular year and your photos show it beautifully. Where (roughly) did you go in Ontario? I've found fox snakes to be relatively common on the north shore of Lake Erie but 4 is a great day. Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
January 17th, 2017, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer South Africa, a month in review.
Replies: 15
Views: 4471

Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Great post as per usual, the frog diversity is great to see. I really feel we missed out when it came to naming our amphibians in North America.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
January 17th, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hooked on 2016. La,Tx,NM, Yucatan. EOY
Replies: 17
Views: 4359

Re: Hooked on 2016. La,Tx,NM, Yucatan. EOY

Spectacular post, I couldn't buy a snake in Louisiana last spring but from your collection here looks like I was just looking in the wrong places. The SE US stuff would have been enough to inspire intense jealousy from me but add on the Mexican diversity is ridiculous. So many Tzabcan and corals. Co...
by NACairns
January 17th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Troglobitic Salamanders
Replies: 3
Views: 1629

Re: Troglobitic Salamanders

Great post! These photos are spectacular. Can you describe how you set these shots up?
Thanks for sharing,
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
December 18th, 2016, 8:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year in Review - Part Two
Replies: 8
Views: 3431

Re: Year in Review - Part Two

I look forward to confirmation, certainly looks like a Pseudacris but not one I know off hand. What are you using to ID? I'm working on a couple of photo rigs to do live mounts for dorsal and lateral morphometrics. I'll make a little post, I'd love to get input from you and other tadpole hunters. Co...
by NACairns
December 18th, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review
Replies: 10
Views: 4265

Re: 2016 Year in Review

Nucking futs, great diversity and shots. What were doing down south, working on crocs?
Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
December 18th, 2016, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year in Review - Part Two
Replies: 8
Views: 3431

Re: Year in Review - Part Two

Great stuff, I love your commitment to getting those tadpoles. The Pseudacris kalmi is a handsome looking critter, the dappling on the tail musculature is really interesting. What type of habitat did you find it in? My kid was pretty jealous of your son's box turtle (and kick ass excavator shirt). K...
by NACairns
December 11th, 2016, 7:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Review Part 3 (AZ)
Replies: 6
Views: 4026

Re: 2016 Review Part 3 (AZ)

Great post and awesome photos. I especially liked all the amphibians, love the diversity. Quick question about the Kinosternon sonoriense, was it in a creek or a pond?
Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
December 11th, 2016, 7:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 7791

Re: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

Always excited to see you've put up a post and this one did not disappoint. As usual amazing photography and the subjects are what herping dreams are made of. I love east Texas and Louisiana but I always miss the snakes when I come through for frogs. Congratulations on that ruthveni, that is a rare ...
by NACairns
December 3rd, 2016, 10:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Review Part 1
Replies: 13
Views: 3191

Re: 2016 Review Part 1

Great post, I really like the macro work especially the jumping spiders.
Thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
November 30th, 2016, 8:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer recap part two
Replies: 3
Views: 2749

Re: Summer recap part two

Thanks Porter and Jimi, The bat shots were really fun, the bat crew was using laser triggered flashes so we just had to point the camera set it to B and wait. I don't think I'll see another hognose that compares to that one. I've seen a number within a few kilometers of there and never one with that...
by NACairns
November 27th, 2016, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer recap part one (little late)
Replies: 3
Views: 2774

Re: Summer recap part one (little late)

Thanks Porter, I appreciate that. It seemed to be a pretty normal musk turtle but I really like the neonates Here are a few other garters from the same population. About 40% of them are melanistic in that area. https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/7437/12846637883_073931aff3_z.jpg Thamnophis sirtalis sirta...
by NACairns
November 26th, 2016, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer recap part two
Replies: 3
Views: 2749

Summer recap part two

Part 1 (http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23939) This year just as things were getting active at home in Saskatchewan I had to return Ontario to do some lab work related to my grad studies. The drive led to some productive but brief herping. Just north of town a male western pa...
by NACairns
November 26th, 2016, 7:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer recap part one (little late)
Replies: 3
Views: 2774

Summer recap part one (little late)

Last winter was a long one for my family so we decided to move back to Saskatchewan. My wife and kid left first but I had a few commitments relating to lab work and teaching so I had to wait a couple months to follow them. Unfortunately, it was too early for herps and too warm for on ice activities ...
by NACairns
November 26th, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3
Replies: 8
Views: 4552

Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 3/3

I love the personal nature of your photos and the diversity of habitats that you covered.
by NACairns
November 26th, 2016, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 8224

Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Spectacular just like everyone else you just went to on my dream trip, I've been hoping to see a Palmatogecko since I was a little kid. Are they hard to turn up?
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
November 26th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Photography 2016 - 1/3
Replies: 11
Views: 5731

Re: Herp Photography 2016 - 1/3

Beautiful stuff.