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by Curtis Hart
September 25th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple Oaxaca IDs
Replies: 1
Views: 7649

A couple Oaxaca IDs

I'm in Salina Cruz, Oaxaca for a couple months, and would like some ID help. This is a Rhinoclemmys that I found about 20-40 kilometers inland from Salina Cruz. It was an adult female with a uniform cream colored plastron. I'm not exactly sure if it is R. rubida or R. pulcherrima . I am leaning towa...
by Curtis Hart
July 13th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 5345

Re: Sulawesi 2018

Thanks for posting. That is a great part of the world! How hard was it to find the Siau Tarsier?
by Curtis Hart
May 8th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So many teeth in the river
Replies: 7
Views: 7284

Re: So many teeth in the river

The Chambal River is a great place! That is a huge male Gharial! I was there in '09 and my Mom and brother went a couple years ago, everyone had a great trip. I would have loved to have seen the Hedgehog and Blackbuck.
by Curtis Hart
July 9th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Since I last posted here I have spent 4 months on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, 6 weeks in South Africa and Lesotho, a couple layovers in Frankfurt, Germany, and a bit of time around the US. I had already spent a lot of time on Bioko, so I only got 11 new birds. Two were first records for the isl...
by Curtis Hart
July 2nd, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Documenting my Life List
Replies: 21
Views: 10055

Re: Documenting my Life List

Since this has turned into sharing numbers and detailing what you count, I'll join in. North American herps 227 with an additional 31 subspecies. My world reptile list is around 310, and amphibians are around 130. I certainly don't need a picture to count something. I've always found that requiremen...
by Curtis Hart
June 7th, 2017, 1:44 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea various fish/fishing
Replies: 1
Views: 8022

Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea various fish/fishing

I spent the winter of 2016/17 on Bioko island, which was the second time I have done that. I stayed at Moraka Playa, which is a remote field camp about 3 hours walk from a road. There are some great rivers there, as well as being right on the beach. There are tide pools in front of camp and a great ...
by Curtis Hart
May 29th, 2017, 1:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thailand and Komodo Recommendation?
Replies: 3
Views: 2471

Re: Thailand and Komodo Recommendation?

For Komodo, fly into Labuan Bajo on Flores from Bali. Hour and a half flight I think. In town you can wander about and hire a liveaboard boat to go to the islands. I think we paid $500ish for 4 days, 3 nights for the entire boat. This included all meals. We brought our own beer and they provided ice...
by Curtis Hart
May 8th, 2017, 1:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide for New Guinea?
Replies: 7
Views: 5423

Re: Field Guide for New Guinea?

I have not seen the bird book you referenced, however I loved birding in Raja Ampat and Sorong with this one. Second only to the recent Borneo guide in style as far as I am concerned. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0691095639/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494277467&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_FMwebp_QL65...
by Curtis Hart
March 6th, 2017, 2:19 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 37932

Re: Aquatic animal ID

How about a Harbor Seal on it's side with the flipper vertical?That would explain the spots too.
by Curtis Hart
October 17th, 2016, 8:24 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I have been slowly getting some new birds over the last couple months. I saw my first Sedge Wrens in MI over the 4th of July. I've been working in California this fall and finally got a Western Wood-pewee, which I have no idea how I didn't have before. I also saw Ridgeway's Rail, Short-tailed Shearw...
by Curtis Hart
October 17th, 2016, 8:20 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Ebird profile - another awesome ebird tool
Replies: 5
Views: 10877

Re: Ebird profile - another awesome ebird tool

To look at someone's profile, you just have to find that person on one of the top lists for an area, or where they submitted a checklist. To find you Chrish, I just went to your home county, clicked on top 100 ebirders, and went down the list until I found your name.
by Curtis Hart
September 7th, 2016, 8:31 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Ebird profile - another awesome ebird tool
Replies: 5
Views: 10877

Re: Ebird profile - another awesome ebird tool

It is pretty interesting. I though you'd have a good map, but your profile isn't public.
by Curtis Hart
July 28th, 2016, 9:21 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 20615

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Camo is completely banned where I volunteer on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. They are afraid of someone taking the island.
by Curtis Hart
July 25th, 2016, 10:13 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 5
Views: 12927

Re: Ethiopia

Thanks for the replies! Paul, Ethiopia is safe and easy to get around feel free to contact me.


curtisfrommichigan at yahoo.com

Check here for detailed info as well. My report is at the bottom.

http://www.mammalwatching.com/Afrotropi ... iopia.html
by Curtis Hart
July 24th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 5
Views: 12927

Ethiopia

It’s been a while since I made post. This one is kind of lazy, but here’s the mammals I was able to get photos of. My girlfriend Lindsay and I volunteered in Equatorial Guinea for the winter of 2014-15. On the way back we decided to take a 6 week layover in Ethiopia. A coworker, Ashleigh, who was vo...
by Curtis Hart
July 21st, 2016, 8:28 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What is this aquatic mammal?
Replies: 18
Views: 16297

Re: What is this aquatic mammal?

Mink it is :thumb: cheers boys :beer: Thanks for the Mink link :mrgreen: So, aside from this article repeated stating the rarity of the find (in this locale) how rare is this really? What would be it's equivalent in the snake wold? Blackbelly, zonata....gopher snake lacking stripes? :lol: Do people...
by Curtis Hart
July 17th, 2016, 2:26 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What is this aquatic mammal?
Replies: 18
Views: 16297

Re: What is this aquatic mammal?

I agree with Mink.
by Curtis Hart
July 8th, 2016, 8:24 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!
Replies: 10
Views: 13223

Re: Not the way I wanted to get to 2K birds!

I hadn't realized that you hadn't passed 2000 yet, seems like you've been close for a long time. Congratulations anyways, 2000 is still a great number to finally reach.



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by Curtis Hart
June 20th, 2016, 10:37 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 25847

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

I use 10x42 in tropical forest, and can't imagine using smaller. I don't really care much for field of view, as I'm focused on the bird, not the habitat around it. I may lose the odd flittering warbler, but overall, I prefer 10x.
by Curtis Hart
May 21st, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

I was able to get out netting in Arizona this spring and saw some new bats, as well as a great sighting of a Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher. Yellow-faced Pocket Gopher Lesser Long-nosed Bat Long-legged Myotis Yuma Myotis Cave Myotis Southwestern Myotis Pocketed Freetail Western Red Bat Western Yellow Ba...
by Curtis Hart
May 21st, 2016, 9:34 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I've seen 134 new species of birds since I last posted. 51 in Malaysia, 71 in Indonesia, 1 in Mexico, and 11 in the US. There were many highlights, but the ones that stick out are Wilson's BoP and Red Bop, finally getting Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, and Colima Warbler, and Philadelph...
by Curtis Hart
March 31st, 2016, 1:22 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 199708

Re: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!

White-faced Whistling Duck I have at least one more for faced.
ImageCapybara by curtisfrommichigan, on Flickr
by Curtis Hart
March 23rd, 2016, 11:39 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

Wow thats a good list, I'm particularly jealous of the cuscus species! And the sun bear as well! I'd love to hear how you encountered the bear. We were spotlighting in Deramakot Forest Reserve in Sabah, it was in the crown of a tree. It started down the tree when it saw us and was gone in less than...
by Curtis Hart
March 21st, 2016, 7:29 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

I just returned from 3.5 months in SE Asia. We visited Brunei, Malaysia(Peninsular and Sabah), and Indonesia(Sulawesia, Togeans, Komodo, and Raja Ampat). Highlights were Sun Bear, Binturong, Smooth-coated Otter, Moor Macaque, Striped Possum, and Waigeo Cuscus. Of the 70+ species observed, around 30 ...
by Curtis Hart
March 20th, 2016, 6:06 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 199708

Re: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!

I've seen maybe 3 or 4 species with Cinnamon in the name. The only one I have a photo of was the one you posted. If we don't get any more in a week or so, we can try something else.


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by Curtis Hart
March 16th, 2016, 8:06 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 199708

Re: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!

It has been a week, so here's a pair of Pygmy Falcons from Ethiopia.
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by Curtis Hart
March 9th, 2016, 5:23 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 199708

Re: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!

American Pygmy Kingfisher
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I think I have a couple more Pygmys.
by Curtis Hart
March 6th, 2016, 7:49 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 199708

Re: FOUR OF A KIND....new game

It's been awhile. This past winter, I decided to try to get a photo of a "barred" bird. When I finally saw one, I realized that I've had a photo of this bird all along. It just took going back to Sulawesi to remind me. Barred Rail https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1664/24931277313_6cf903e486_b.jpg I ha...
by Curtis Hart
December 10th, 2015, 3:55 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I should have a pretty decent winter with time in Sabah, Flores, Komodo, northern Sulawesi, and Raja Ampat. Wow. That should add a few birds to the list. Rajah Ampat is very high on my "to visit" list. Snorkeling there is supposed to be the best on the planet. Add a few Birds-of-Paradise and the tr...
by Curtis Hart
December 10th, 2015, 4:50 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I saw several Montezuma Quail in Arizona in October. I'm currently in Brunei where I've seen 26 new species so far. Some favorites have been Purple-throated Sunbird, Orange-bellied Flowerpecker, Raffle's Malkoha, and Crimson Sunbird. I should have a pretty decent winter with time in Sabah, Flores, K...
by Curtis Hart
November 15th, 2015, 1:57 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

Thanks, I have some more bat pictures from last year, but as I am leaving for SE Asia tomorrow, I probably won't get around to posting them until at least late March. They are in the trip reports I did for mammalwatching.com Ethiopia http://www.mammalwatching.com/Afrotropical/other%20reports/CH%20Et...
by Curtis Hart
November 15th, 2015, 7:08 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

This fall was the best run of new mammals in the US that I've had in years. Basically two factors contributed to this, working in new places and having friends that were trapping or netting. In addition to these, I was able to ID to the species 3 additional bats from my time in Africa this previous ...
by Curtis Hart
October 26th, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?
Replies: 7
Views: 12414

Re: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?

I did eventually figure it out. I didn't realize you had to create the checklist before importing records, I figured it would just import all the records and use them the same way avisys did. I haven't had time to mess around with it yet, but it seems to have good potential.



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by Curtis Hart
October 20th, 2015, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Urban Florida herping
Replies: 7
Views: 3477

Re: Urban Florida herping

Rent a car. It's probably cheaper than you think. It will save you so much time compared to public transport, which probably doesn't even exist for the places you'll want to go. This is basically a fact of life in the US, save a few major cities.


Good luck,


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by Curtis Hart
October 19th, 2015, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sistema Central, Spain, October 2015
Replies: 2
Views: 2429

Re: Sistema Central, Spain, October 2015

Nice trip, I especially like the Southern Marbled Newt.


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by Curtis Hart
October 4th, 2015, 4:40 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?
Replies: 7
Views: 12414

Re: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?

I find ebird to be about a quarter as user friendly as Avisys. I've been trying to import my records in to Avibase, but it just keeps telling me my session has expired and that I have to log in again, instantly. Any thoughts?
by Curtis Hart
September 29th, 2015, 8:59 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?
Replies: 7
Views: 12414

Re: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?

It took me about 10 hours, but it's done. Not as bad as I thought, but matching all the locations was time consuming. I'm sure I will still have a few data reviewer emails to sort out.
by Curtis Hart
September 23rd, 2015, 6:35 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?
Replies: 7
Views: 12414

Re: Anyone still using Avisys for their birds?

Yes, and not looking forward to it. I'll still probably use it for mammals and herps.
by Curtis Hart
September 20th, 2015, 5:20 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I went on a pelagic trip out of Dana Point CA yesterday. For most people, the highlight was a Red-footed Booby, which was only an ABA lifer for me. New birds for me: Elegant Tern Craveri's Murrelet Cassin's Auklet Pink-footed Shearwater Black-vented Shearwater Black Storm-petrel Some lifers from my ...
by Curtis Hart
July 31st, 2015, 12:16 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Black-billed Cuckoo. Finally. This was my curse bird. I have been actively birding for 14 years now and have lived in its range the entire time. A couple days ago, we were driving on an abandoned farm road when I saw a cuckoo hop up from a low branch to the top of the tree. I shouted stop, and was a...
by Curtis Hart
July 31st, 2015, 9:30 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Did incredible with mammals in Bangladesh
Replies: 7
Views: 10812

Re: Did incredible with mammals in Bangladesh

That is a great bunch of mammals you saw. The Pangolin is incredible, I always thought the Chinese Pangolin was probably the toughest to see. How accessible are those areas to an independent traveler? Can anyone show up at those parks and expect to see so much?


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by Curtis Hart
July 22nd, 2015, 2:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bioko Snake ID (Equatorial Guinea)
Replies: 3
Views: 2401

Re: Bioko Snake ID (Equatorial Guinea)

Thanks for the quick help. That biological survey missed a lot. I saw several things that were not listed. I was on the island much longer than they were though.

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by Curtis Hart
July 20th, 2015, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bioko Snake ID (Equatorial Guinea)
Replies: 3
Views: 2401

Bioko Snake ID (Equatorial Guinea)

This species was observed at sea level on the southern beaches of Bioko multiple times. They are typically green, this is one of two teal individuals that I saw. Any one know what species it is?

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by Curtis Hart
May 26th, 2015, 7:52 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

I saw 306 new species of birds this winter in Equatorial Guinea and Ethiopia. The last was the Tawny-flanked Prinia. This put my world list at 1515. I guess 2000 is the next goal. These are just the ones I liked best, not necessarily the rarest or prettiest. Top 5 Bioko 1. Gray-necked Rockfowl 2. Ye...
by Curtis Hart
May 23rd, 2015, 2:33 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Some mammalian highlights from the past year
Replies: 3
Views: 9032

Re: Some mammalian highlights from the past year

That's a very impressive assortment of mammals, especially with them all being forest mammals. I really like the Mountain Coati, Tarsiers, and Banded Linsang.


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by Curtis Hart
May 14th, 2015, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Navy wont let me herp!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 4630

Re: Navy wont let me herp!!!

I have never been in the military. I do come from a rural area with a high incidence of military recruiting. What I've heard prebootcamp, is they will LIE to you, so ignore your recruiter's warnings on legal activities (do no do drugs or drink and drive). They are only out for themselves. They want ...
by Curtis Hart
May 14th, 2015, 7:09 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

I still need Siskiyou Chipmunk. I was in the same situation. Possible Pangolin played a big roll in my choice to volunteer there for 5 months. Bioko is a decent Pangolin place, I saw 4 that were all different individuals. My girlfriend randomly saw 2 in one day, about 7 k apart. I saw one on my 3rd ...
by Curtis Hart
May 14th, 2015, 6:42 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

Mountain Coati is really impressive! I saw around 80 new mammals this past winter. The last was Walia Ibex in the Simien Mountains. Other highlights included Speke's Pectinator, African Wild Dogs, Naked Mole Rat, Serval, Grevy's Zebra, Ethioian Wolf, and 17 primates. https://c4.staticflickr.com/8/77...
by Curtis Hart
January 9th, 2015, 10:31 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 298834

Re: What was your last lifer?...

40 or so new birds on Bioko so far. Most recent was Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird.
by Curtis Hart
January 9th, 2015, 10:20 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 109520

Re: What was your last lifer?

I'm out of the field for 3 days, so far I've seen 24 new mammals I've identified, and maybe 6-8 I haven't. My last lifer was Lord Derby's Anomalure. The best mammals on the list are Tree Pangolin, Central African Linsang, and Drill. I am on Bioko. I guess I should mention that. Congrats on the Marbl...