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by Nshepard
November 14th, 2017, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?
Replies: 97
Views: 33687

Re: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?

I personally think a lot of 'mimicry' cases in herps are false. Color and pattern similarities arose by convergence or some other ecological method instead. I question whether the bright colors of some aposematic species are more representative of a shared ancestral trait that hasn't evolved to be o...
by Nshepard
June 30th, 2017, 8:43 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Quality difference in Gorillapods
Replies: 4
Views: 6204

Re: Quality difference in Gorillapods

I use the 50 dollar model and love it. Thinking about getting a second. I've had it for 2-3 years and it still works great. I use it mainly for flashes but sometimes for the camera itself and it holds a Canon 70D (without battery grip) fine. The only reason I could see for upgrading is if you needed...
by Nshepard
April 11th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best GPS for field use
Replies: 16
Views: 3878

Re: Best GPS for field use

I get 5m-10m reliably on my phone. That is good enough for me. My Garmin would rarely get much below 5m (sometimes 9 feet or so) unless you averaged the points. I used the Sightings app on my iphone 4s all around Arizona this year in some really remote areas with zero problems. I also hike with a ba...
by Nshepard
April 7th, 2016, 11:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best GPS for field use
Replies: 16
Views: 3878

Re: Best GPS for field use

Iphone. App = sightings (US $0.99). Easy to use and easy to migrate data into excel, shp, and GE.

OR a Garmin 60Cx (the older one, the new one sucks). This will give you a GPS with great signal but the garmin software sucks and is impossible to use long term.
by Nshepard
April 7th, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 6755

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

There isn't a body of evidence for SFD mortality in the SE US. Some states / university are building up sampling protocols to test prevalence and range of this fungal infection. It should be noted that not all fungal infections (or even minor fungal blisters) are SFD! Currently there is no way to 10...
by Nshepard
March 31st, 2016, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technology
Replies: 14
Views: 4959

Re: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technol

Can anyone provide a citation for the GPS tracking of a Coachwhip in Herp Review? Greatly appreciated, thanks!
by Nshepard
January 20th, 2016, 8:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 23357

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

Toss up between these two: 1 - Eastern Coachwhip - Really like the prespective of this shot, not something I usually go for but I really like it. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7710/17077694771_86270f80c5_b.jpg -OR- 2 - Arizona Ridge-nose Rattlesnake - More along the lines of my usual style, but I l...
by Nshepard
January 7th, 2016, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Episode VII: The Caudates Awaken
Replies: 10
Views: 6227

Re: Episode VII: The Caudates Awaken

Muds are a great find anywhere in the mountains of NC. Lots of good stuff in this post. Without cing and bis, I'd still consider that a success! This year I'm getting into the mountains more...!
by Nshepard
December 31st, 2015, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: All them salamanders of 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 6214

Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Damn homie!
by Nshepard
December 9th, 2015, 11:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip To Australia, Part 3: Taronga Zoo
Replies: 7
Views: 3166

Re: Trip To Australia, Part 3: Taronga Zoo

Awesome zoo. Loved my visit there in 2003. Same Komodo Dragon is there.
by Nshepard
December 9th, 2015, 11:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where do snakes winter if there isn't a rocky den place?
Replies: 35
Views: 10325

Re: Where do snakes winter if there isn't a rocky den place?

stumpholes. Cavities left from dead trees that have rotted away some. This is the staple of where southeastern herps hibernate and find refuge from fire.
by Nshepard
December 3rd, 2015, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 27515

Re: "Pick one thing"

Take advantage for the herps I find. Record them in field notes, share them with state and federal wildlife biologists, and report them to places like Herpmapper so that other biologist will know of the sighting!
by Nshepard
December 3rd, 2015, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Q on Sistrurus m. b. natural history
Replies: 6
Views: 2407

Re: Q on Sistrurus m. b. natural history

In Florida, Pigmy Rattlesnakes may very well reproduce once a year but northern forms are likely two years between reproductive events. As documented in other SE rattlesnakes, the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake in SC usually goes 2-3 years between reproductive events - sometimes as long as 6 years....
by Nshepard
December 2nd, 2015, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unusual cinerea?
Replies: 12
Views: 4199

Re: Unusual cinerea?

Here is a SC animal. Hanging out in a tidal marsh.

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by Nshepard
November 30th, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology
Replies: 15
Views: 6330

Re: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology

Nathan, good info to have, thanks for sharing! I too am in the foothills of the Andes in a higher elevation part of the Amazon. It seems to be a preferred microecosystem of these guys. what elevation where you at? So where I saw that animal in Ecuador it was approx. 1427 feet in elevation. And wher...
by Nshepard
November 24th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology
Replies: 15
Views: 6330

Re: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology

First off Alex, that is an awesome group to work with and 2 in 6 days is amazing. I spent some time in the Amazon region of Ecuador back in 2008 and encountered one individual. He was sitting ambush poster along a small fallen log on the edge of a small 1st or 2nd order rocky / mossy stream within a...
by Nshepard
November 13th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: macro photo and video dslr?
Replies: 7
Views: 4999

Re: macro photo and video dslr?

If you go with Canon. Get a used rebel (you can get used decent rebels for cheap with video) and then look up the 60mm macro from Canon.
by Nshepard
October 27th, 2015, 12:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Which is Better?
Replies: 3
Views: 3127

Re: Which is Better?

Second one is better exposed.
by Nshepard
August 25th, 2015, 1:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Search of Baja California Rat Snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 3170

Re: In Search of Baja California Rat Snakes

AWESOME!!!!!
by Nshepard
August 24th, 2015, 12:32 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Creating a watermark for a video in either photoshop or LR
Replies: 5
Views: 4150

Re: Creating a watermark for a video in either photoshop or

I sort got what I wanted. So, I just editted the video in photoshop. I used to text tool to write out my normal watermark and pulled it all the way through the video on the timeline, so that the watermark is seen through the entire video, not just a frame or two. Here is one of the videos: https://w...
by Nshepard
August 4th, 2015, 1:25 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 5265

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

These books cost anywhere from $20-$50 and I would likely have bought them anyways so I look at that as adequate compensation. If I were to have put all of my images on Getty, I feel I would be lucky if the total I received from those sales was $50. And because Getty would control the rights to tho...
by Nshepard
July 30th, 2015, 10:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Wimberley F-2 macro flash bracket
Replies: 6
Views: 6346

Re: Review- Wimberley F-2 macro flash bracket

Heard about these years ago. Just googled them, wow...they have come down in price quite a bit. Almost worth looking into.
by Nshepard
July 30th, 2015, 10:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 5265

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

Nathan- I have to say I disagree with you completely. I'm a teacher and don't make a ton of money, but if you were to figure out my hourly salary it comes out to something in the 30 some odd dollars/hour range. So, if I take this number as the monetary value of my time, then what Getty is often sel...
by Nshepard
July 29th, 2015, 5:42 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 5265

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

I sell on both getty and shutterstock. I have made more money and sell more often on shutterstock than getty. I don't mind being ripped off at 20% because a) I need the money, and b) its passive income. I don't do anything after I take the image. On shutterstock my images sell for less, often. $0.25...
by Nshepard
April 26th, 2015, 2:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SOUTH AFRICA - THE KAROO [PHOTO HEAVY]
Replies: 14
Views: 5779

Re: SOUTH AFRICA - THE KAROO [PHOTO HEAVY]

Damn, Tyrone. That is a lot of amazing.
by Nshepard
April 14th, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Recording frogs with phones - revisited
Replies: 3
Views: 2516

Re: Recording frogs with phones - revisited

I was making voucher recordings last year when I was out surveying for several priority species. I found that my iphone 4s was getting pretty good recordings and in some cases better than decent recording gear used for analyzing frog calls. Now, I'm not saying my iphone 4s is better but it held its ...
by Nshepard
February 24th, 2015, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help NC Herp Society protect Bog Turtle habitat
Replies: 1
Views: 876

Re: Help NC Herp Society protect Bog Turtle habitat

bump


SUPER IMPORTANT.

Your conservation dollars go directly to land acquisition!!
by Nshepard
February 24th, 2015, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newt Predation on Spotted Salamander Eggs
Replies: 12
Views: 3090

Re: Newt Predation on Spotted Salamander Eggs

I see occasional dead winter amphibs in the ponds I monitor and frequent. Death is a natural process - most probably die from complications stemming from very cold conditions over long periods. I am sure their are parasite, fungal, and bacterial interactions going on we don't detect. I know ranaviru...
by Nshepard
February 24th, 2015, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ever found the same herp twice?
Replies: 14
Views: 2996

Re: Ever found the same herp twice?

Caught my first Longnose two times in the same night. Caught a post-partum dekayi crossing a road three times in a row. I have revisited the same rattlesnake over and over and on multiple animals.
by Nshepard
February 24th, 2015, 7:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mole Skinks
Replies: 7
Views: 1938

Re: Mole Skinks

Sweet! Good work.
by Nshepard
February 24th, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early Start to Southern Toad Breeding Season?
Replies: 5
Views: 1219

Re: Early Start to Southern Toad Breeding Season?

I would assume they occasionally breed (or just call) this early in the year down in Florida. I heard one male calling on February 20th last year (2014) - probably did not breed, just an excited male I suppose.
by Nshepard
February 10th, 2015, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newt Predation on Spotted Salamander Eggs
Replies: 12
Views: 3090

Re: Newt Predation on Spotted Salamander Eggs

I've personally only see them consume Tiger Salamander eggs but I assumed they likely eat everybody's egg masses.

Still cool to get some photos and video of it in action.
by Nshepard
January 14th, 2015, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpMapper Highlight - Wood Frog
Replies: 7
Views: 2641

Re: HerpMapper Highlight - Wood Frog

Guess I need to upload some records from NC and WV.
by Nshepard
October 8th, 2014, 5:34 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Creating a watermark for a video in either photoshop or LR
Replies: 5
Views: 4150

Creating a watermark for a video in either photoshop or LR

So, I know how to both create watermarks in LR and watermark stamps in PS and add them to photos and slideshow videos (time lapses in LR) but not to video. When I use the watermark stamp method in PS it just adds a watermark on a certain frame and not throughout the video. Needless to say searching ...
by Nshepard
October 4th, 2014, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year
Replies: 40
Views: 9190

Re: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year

Too early to be YOY?

Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum).

Image
by Nshepard
September 21st, 2014, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year
Replies: 40
Views: 9190

Re: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year

Scaphiopus holbrookii

This was from back in April when the first 2014 cohort of metamorphs left the ponds. There were several more breeding events and metamorph cohorts throughout the year.

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by Nshepard
September 9th, 2014, 2:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spur of the moment trip to North Carolina.
Replies: 13
Views: 2959

Re: Spur of the moment trip to North Carolina.

Not bad! You got Pine Barrens on just about the last breeding push for the year. See any barkers while out that night? Good all around, Josh. So, are there really places on the coastal plain where mole kings are target-able, huh? Pretty cool. They can be fairly "common" in a good portion of the Pied...
by Nshepard
September 2nd, 2014, 1:14 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Getting started with flash photography
Replies: 4
Views: 2908

Re: Getting started with flash photography

Best online teach yourself flash tutorial out there. It is not about herps but the basics are the same. http://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/03/lighting-101.html I use a couple different set-ups in general but prefer to go lightweight when hiking in the jungle at night. Usually, shot in-situ stuff with...
by Nshepard
September 2nd, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Observation of "Basking" Behavior in Adult N. viridescens
Replies: 9
Views: 3061

Re: Observation of "Basking" Behavior in Adult N. viridescen

Huh, interesting. Looks like basking to me. I've never seem them do this in the south.
by Nshepard
June 21st, 2014, 1:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The month of May and so far of June.
Replies: 12
Views: 1594

Re: The month of May and so far of June.

Damn, cool post. Would enjoy seeing a Mud in habitat, neat stuff.
by Nshepard
June 20th, 2014, 8:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pine snake in non-piney area
Replies: 23
Views: 4180

Re: Pine snake in non-piney area

Here in NC they will also use mole runs. Loose soil and open areas - really open, 10 pine trees per hectre sort of canopy structure. When I hear about weird places to find pine snakes, all I wonder about are those few supposed records that came from areas around the mountains. Of course, I can't rem...
by Nshepard
June 20th, 2014, 7:59 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Which is best?
Replies: 8
Views: 4658

Re: Which is best?

2 then 4
by Nshepard
June 4th, 2014, 8:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guyana snakes- a photolog
Replies: 23
Views: 9874

Re: Guyana snakes- a photolog

Always great stuff Andrew!! I enjoy seeing your photos on flickr but its nice to see an all inclusive post. Hope many more trips are in your future, as I'm sure many more wonderful photographs are!
by Nshepard
May 13th, 2014, 11:54 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: testing for crypto
Replies: 4
Views: 2539

Re: testing for crypto

Just wanted to share my experience in having fecals tested for crypto. I initially paid about $150 for a single test from a vet. After looking around online, I found a place that does it for $24.50. It is called Avian Biotech and they are out of Florida (I think they also have a lab in the UK under...
by Nshepard
May 13th, 2014, 11:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about Hyla Range Overlap
Replies: 14
Views: 1871

Re: Question about Hyla Range Overlap

In parts of H. andersonii range where H. cinerea occurs, the two species seem to prefer different breeding areas and are likely not competing for most of the same resources. You'll find H. cinerea around disturbance corridors - ditches, artificial ponds, artificial lakes, and in areas that are fire ...
by Nshepard
April 29th, 2014, 9:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 126500

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

An indigo in blue from a wonderful weekend in 2013. Sitting by a stump hole.

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by Nshepard
April 23rd, 2014, 5:37 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
Replies: 9
Views: 3848

Re: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

Okay, challenge accepted. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/9650904420_1a1d4f24af_b.jpg https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/10862471514_a320118060_b.jpg https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3820/9191376328_91c64b6f7e_b.jpg https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/12828397823_8cfdcc7ae9_b.jpg https://farm8.st...
by Nshepard
March 29th, 2014, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 20900

Re: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled

York! Always great to see what you've been up to. Wish I could make it back out your way but I never seem to have the time off and enough money at the same time to make it possible. Glad you made some time to make it out here to NC.
by Nshepard
March 27th, 2014, 5:34 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 27493

Re: New Flickr

Soopaman wrote:I guess I'm the only one who likes all the changes to Flickr. I really like the larger view of the photos on the black background.
You could have also viewed images on a black background on the old flickr. In the lightbox.