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by gheaton98
October 27th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick day trip to the desert
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Quick day trip to the desert

To the author, nice post :thumb: It was a tough year for rattlesnakes. You did good :beer: I tried my ass off for a shovelnose! No dice Thanks! I think I have an allotted 3 shovelnoses per year. Last year I had 3 of the Colorado desert ones and no Mojave, this year I had 3 Mojaves and no Colorado d...
by gheaton98
October 20th, 2021, 9:41 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Wide-angle habitat shots - tips and advice?
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Wide-angle habitat shots - tips and advice?

The last few months I've been trying to get better at taking wide-angle photographs of herps with the habitat visible. These have always been the kind of photos I see from others that impress me the most. It's been challenging, and while I've had some luck and I am definitely improving over time, I'...
by gheaton98
October 7th, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Info request-Southern California octopi
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Info request-Southern California octopi

So I have no idea about the natural history of octopuses, but in case it helps: I would imagine it would be easier in the winter because that's when the big low tides are during the day. That would of course also be when the storms are. As for my finds, the two I've seen at Malibu lagoon were last O...
by gheaton98
October 7th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick day trip to the desert
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Quick day trip to the desert

Jeff - I've never thought to look for brush lizards on telephone poles. I'll have to try that next time I'm in the Mojave. I imagine I've probably passed them in bushes before but just missed them. This one in a smoke tree just looked like a suspiciously offset branch when I spotted it. I flipped th...
by gheaton98
October 5th, 2021, 10:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photography Maintenance Tips?
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Re: Photography Maintenance Tips?

Unless the lens is really dirty, I wouldn't expect it would make a huge difference. I'm mostly having to clean my sensor of dust specks, but that results in spots on my image rather than an overall reduction in quality.
by gheaton98
October 5th, 2021, 9:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick day trip to the desert
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Quick day trip to the desert

With the temperatures cooling down, I thought I'd head out for the day to the deserts of Riverside county to find a few species I've missed so far before the reptile season is behind us. I originally had wanted to do some birding as the first stop, but this of course was derailed when I instead deci...
by gheaton98
October 5th, 2021, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2020-2021 Highlights
Replies: 4
Views: 2550

Re: 2020-2021 Highlights

Are you kin to George Heaton of Altoona, PA?
No, sorry - at least not that I'm aware of.

The Mohawk fringe-toed was really fun to find. The only downside is that now that it's been split, I can't figure out how to find the species it originally was!
by gheaton98
October 4th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Info request-Southern California octopi
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Info request-Southern California octopi

I don't know anything about bites or if they're safe to handle unfortunately, but I've never heard of anyone being hurt by an octopus in southern California. I double checked and I've seen a dead pacific red caught in sea anemones up in SLO county, but that's a bit far north. I'm sure there are twin...
by gheaton98
October 3rd, 2021, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Info request-Southern California octopi
Replies: 8
Views: 377

Re: Info request-Southern California octopi

I've seen a few at Malibu Lagoon state beach, which is just generally a great tidepool location for LA county. On one occasion I found one half-buried (but very alive) in a shallow pool, and another was flushed out from under a rock when I walked by. These both would have been lesser two-spot octopu...
by gheaton98
September 17th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Joshua Tree/Anza-Borrego
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Joshua Tree/Anza-Borrego

Speckled is a nice find! I'd love to see one in JT sometime.

What in particular are you hoping to see? Palm oases are generally good habitat to check out, especially in Anza-Borrego where there are peninsular species (and the shade is nice).
by gheaton98
August 26th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: bio-fluorescent rattlesnake
Replies: 5
Views: 1849

Re: bio-fluorescent rattlesnake

Awesome find, and a beautiful snake in either lighting. I've seen great basin rattlesnakes in Utah as a kid but still need to get photos of one myself.
by gheaton98
August 24th, 2021, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2020-2021 Highlights
Replies: 4
Views: 2550

2020-2021 Highlights

Hi all, Now that I've finally made an account I thought I'd share some of my best finds and photos from the last year. As an introduction, I'm a grad student from southern California (right now LA county to be specific). I really got into finding reptiles last spring when I realized that it was in f...