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by tai haku
April 18th, 2013, 1:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: USVI (now with pictures)
Replies: 6
Views: 1460

Re: USVI

I plan to be in the USVI for a little while early next month. Can anybody tell me what I should expect to see or go look for? I don't know how mobile I am going to be, so what could I expect to find around a resort complex? Thanks in advance. This may help: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewt...
by tai haku
April 4th, 2013, 10:25 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand - January 1st Pelagic Trip
Replies: 12
Views: 5619

Re: New Zealand - January 1st Pelagic Trip

Does that mean you've seen the other 468 species of sharks? :shock: I wish! At this point (your two excepted), I've got all the ones I want to see enough to do specific trips for - I'm on about 32 species, could probably get a fair few more off a couple more trips but there's so many non-sharks to ...
by tai haku
April 1st, 2013, 9:59 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand - January 1st Pelagic Trip
Replies: 12
Views: 5619

Re: New Zealand - January 1st Pelagic Trip

I can't believe you posted the only two sharks I have left to tick off my shark bucket list from a single pelagic! Not cool man, not cool (I mean obviously it's very cool but it stings a bit :lol: )!
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Med Chameleons.
Replies: 0
Views: 565

Med Chameleons.

I've just put a thread up in the mammal forum with a trip report on my quest for iberian lynx in spain: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=15638&p=186566#p186566 Since not all of you go to that forum I thought I'd throw up a teaser with the herping highlight of the trip. http:/...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 8:47 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Re: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

And that is why I want my next European trip to be Spain. I just couldn't squeeze it in last year when I went to Germany. Epic! Love the interest in all things from herps to mammals to birds to bugs to plants. And so many Lynx. I would probably die of excitement. thanks for the comment about the wi...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 7:01 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Re: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

Day 7 The final day was essentially all drive to the airport. Having dropped off Elizabeth for her flight, we went for a quick circuit of Rio Guadalhorce again. After two visits and nothing but females, I was delighted to connect with a load of drake white-headed ducks displaying their naming chara...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 6:55 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Re: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

Day 6 Our last full day of lynx-watching featured slightly better weather. We’d planned for a three stage day’ morning at La Lancha, then back to Los Pinos to allow us all a warming coffee, with those who wanted it staying in the warm for lunch, and those who didn’t heading out to the dam, followed...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 6:27 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Re: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

Day 5 Our second day of lynx-searching started far more slowly, the weather was again poor - dry this time but heavily overcast and with biting wind. A lovely herd of fallow deer on the drive in was a nice start though. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8353/8410622452_e0251cc0ca.jpg http://farm9.stati...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 5:15 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Re: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

Day 4 Our first day of lynx watching proper. I had a feeling there would be plenty of stuff to be seen on the way in for some reason and was delighted to be proven correct only fifteen minutes into the drive in. A brown shape moved across the pasture to our left and I immediately blurted out "Lynx!...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 4:59 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Re: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

Day 3 – 21/01/13 After a lie-in, caffeination and simple breakfast we headed out around 11 to collect another member of the party, Elizabeth from the airport. With the final two members delayed we headed back to Guadehorsa for another quick session and were again rewarded with birds of prey, this t...
by tai haku
March 24th, 2013, 4:56 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report
Replies: 18
Views: 8302

Iberian Lynx and other beasties trip report

The Iberian Lynx is the rarest cat species in the world with only 300ish individuals out there. Notwithstanding this and its secretive nature, european mammal watchers have had decent success searching in the Sierra Andujar for them. I joined a trip in January to chance my hand. Day 1 – 19/01/13 My ...
by tai haku
February 28th, 2013, 3:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Check out this guys yard!
Replies: 6
Views: 1253

Re: Check out this guys yard!

Back in the day I always felt the same about this lady's estate:
http://fireflyforest.net/firefly/category/arizona/
I think it was all the different owls and raptors and the tale of the Gila swimming around in her pool that got me.
by tai haku
December 15th, 2012, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea Turtle tracks identification
Replies: 6
Views: 1333

Re: Sea Turtle tracks identification

based solely on the size I'd be leaning towards Hawksbill
by tai haku
December 8th, 2012, 7:08 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 52893

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

It'd be interesting to be able to see if that was a "jizz" feature that was obvious in a living bird.. Uh, come again? Oops sorry soopaman - just saw this, "jizz" is a phrase some birders use to describe a way of identifying birds on their general look rather than on the basis of a specific identif...
by tai haku
December 5th, 2012, 1:08 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Let's see those Owls!!
Replies: 66
Views: 19433

Re: Let's see those Owls!!

mamma long-eared http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4044/4628480187_53772579d2.jpg baby long-eared http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4034/4628480191_43b1a64fff.jpg Tropical screech owl http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3656/3474724313_909351507a.jpg Great-horned (with iguana) http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3562/3...
by tai haku
December 5th, 2012, 12:57 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Big fish from Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 3606

Re: Big fish from Canada

It is a white sturgeon.
by tai haku
December 4th, 2012, 3:27 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 52893

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

interesting how (and I don't know quite how to describe this so bear with me) "straight" and "upright" compared to most pigeons they're posed in that. I've noticed the skins/mounts I've seen have that look but had assumed that was a result of the treatment and looking back you can see it in a few ot...
by tai haku
December 2nd, 2012, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Animal Planet wants your opinion on Rattlesnake Republic
Replies: 35
Views: 5155

Re: Animal Planet wants your opinion on Rattlesnake Republic

the 210 comments at time of posting seem to be entirely in protest of the show. Hope they are getting two messages:
1. this type of show is unacceptable; and
2. lots of people care about snakes ergo a good show about snakes would have a market.
by tai haku
December 1st, 2012, 10:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Animal Planet wants your opinion on Rattlesnake Republic
Replies: 35
Views: 5155

Re: Animal Planet wants your opinion on Rattlesnake Republic

they have now received my thoughts. thanks for posting the link.
by tai haku
November 30th, 2012, 12:44 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Grey Seal pupping ground visit
Replies: 3
Views: 1987

Re: Grey Seal pupping ground visit

oops. forgot to add these. 5 years and 9 days ago was my last visit. Things were.......ickier. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2280/2067338674_124f878f74.jpg http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2059/2067338340_d4c35cd32e.jpg http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2008/2065439452_5142ac16c6.jpg http://farm3.staticfli...
by tai haku
November 30th, 2012, 11:55 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Grey Seal pupping ground visit
Replies: 3
Views: 1987

Grey Seal pupping ground visit

I've been visiting the parents this week and today we visited a classic local nature attraction - a grey seal pupping beach. This "beach" sees probably thousands of visitors a year to look at the cute baby grey seals on the mudflats. The bull grey seal (Halichoerus grypus, meaning "hooked-nosed sea ...
by tai haku
November 30th, 2012, 10:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 52893

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

The "bird on birch" is not Bachman's. Im not much of an ornithologist. :? Or perhaps neither is the artist. The piece was labelled as referencing Bachman's but Tim's right about it not being an accurate representation. Normally that sort of thing would put me right off it but I guess the fact it do...
by tai haku
November 29th, 2012, 12:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 52893

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

I'd be delighted to share my office art with you - thanks for asking! Unfortunately all of it is currently packed away (I'm between jobs at present, and we've been readying our house to be put on the market), but I believe in an older computer than the one at which I'm now sitting and that shouldn'...
by tai haku
November 28th, 2012, 7:02 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 52893

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

If someday the only place left for a species or locality to exist is behind glass a captive environment would become a kind of biological cathedral. Over the years I've heard numerous arguments for establishing captive populations of animals vanishing from the wild, from professionals, hobbyists an...
by tai haku
November 19th, 2012, 1:17 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Leucistic Opossum
Replies: 19
Views: 13680

Re: Leucistic Opossum

It also looks pretty docile, don't those things bite? That said, they have MANY sharp teeth and can bite. Aside from how many die on the roads, it is amazing they survived predators long enough to colonize much of the US. To quote a distinguished naturalist on the topic.... I call the big one "Bite...
by tai haku
November 19th, 2012, 1:47 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest
Replies: 9
Views: 3646

Re: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest

Wow! That was great...surely the most productive sturgeon fishing I have heard of, I am used to just a bite or few in a long day, and multiple cathches uncommon. Did you keep or eat any of those sturgeon? They amongst the finest fish I have ever had. Do I understand correctly you catch these sturge...
by tai haku
November 17th, 2012, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help: Olive ridley or Green sea turtle?
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Re: ID help: Olive ridley or Green sea turtle?

DracoRJC wrote:Ridley :)
seconded.
by tai haku
November 17th, 2012, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yay: I rediscovered a snake thought lost for over a century
Replies: 32
Views: 4797

Re: Yay: I rediscovered a snake thought lost for over a cent

Soopaman wrote:It's just such a Hoser thing to do...
True that!

Nice work Hans. For your next mission........Orang pendek please.
by tai haku
November 17th, 2012, 8:47 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Big fish from Canada
Replies: 6
Views: 3606

Big fish from Canada

In case any of the fishermen don't visit the mammal subforum I thought I'd flag the fact that part 2 of my Canada trip report in there is slightly more focussed on these http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8104085906_c0fa12d75b.jpg than the bears and whales of part 1..... :lol: It's here: http://www....
by tai haku
November 17th, 2012, 8:44 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest
Replies: 9
Views: 3646

Re: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest

So when we left this report I'd just abandoned the beautiful shores of Vancouver Island.... http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8464/8132261217_bb8c9e2803.jpg .....and headed back to the mainland and Vancouver proper. On Day 7 I met up with the rest of my group and headed out to Chilliwack where we got se...
by tai haku
November 12th, 2012, 9:12 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Alphabirding
Replies: 308
Views: 32627

Re: Alphabirding

Z is for Zenaida Dove! :D
Image
zenaida dove by WLA, on Flickr
by tai haku
November 9th, 2012, 12:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Puerto Rico is the 51st state (maybe ?)
Replies: 7
Views: 1803

Re: Puerto Rico is the 51st state

You learn to love that Coqui call pretty quick :D I kinda miss hearing it as I go to sleep now. And if you think herpers would get weird about this new desire to add PR herps to their US lists, you can't imagine what the birders would do! Forget PR the American Birding Association are still arguing ...
by tai haku
November 8th, 2012, 2:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HELP NEEDED: Herping in the Miami, FL area
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: HELP NEEDED: Herping in the Miami, FL area

I've done florida twice as a visiting herper - both times I ended up cruising ENP in the evenings. To add to what others have said, it's dead easy, there are plenty of species to see and you'll know you're in the right spot cos you'll randomly bump into other herpers (and other FHFers) as you drive ...
by tai haku
November 1st, 2012, 1:51 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Monkeys
Replies: 27
Views: 6399

Re: Monkeys

mrichardson wrote:Tai - The Olive Baboon photographed in Kruger is in fact a Chacma Baboon (but I'm guessing you already knew that and just made a typo!).
oops! good spot.
by tai haku
November 1st, 2012, 4:40 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Monkeys
Replies: 27
Views: 6399

Re: Monkeys

Common Langur in India are cool for 3 reasons (at least): first up they form mixed herds with the Chital deer combining the benefits of their various senses and using sentries to ward off tigers and leopards http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7258/6933539460_40f83b8e18.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5...
by tai haku
October 28th, 2012, 12:30 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest
Replies: 9
Views: 3646

Re: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest

Day 4 Was a trip to the Orford River with the Homalco First Nation on Bute Inlet. I went with these guys http://www.adventurewhalewatching.com/ who were excellent. With a long boat ride ahead of us I was optimistic that we'd maybe connect with more Orca but when the shout of whale went up I got a su...
by tai haku
October 28th, 2012, 10:13 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest
Replies: 9
Views: 3646

British Columbia, October - Mammal and fish quest

Just back from British Columbia and a bit of a mammal/fish quest (with a couple of herps thrown in). I'll throw this up as a day by day trip report. Day 1. Landed in Vancouver to driving rain (the first in weeks) at around 11am. Delays at the airport meant I got a ferry at midafternoon over to Vanco...
by tai haku
August 8th, 2012, 2:23 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: An enormous Sturgeon caught!
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Re: An enormous Sturgeon caught!

headed there in October - wish me luck!! tai, bring the big sticks. Tim I'm not sure I have a big enough stick :oops: :lol: Seriously though my first few days look like getting spent on trips out of Vancouver Island, whale watching, bears, etc. I've got 5 days booked for sturgeon and will probably ...
by tai haku
August 1st, 2012, 6:21 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: An enormous Sturgeon caught!
Replies: 5
Views: 2605

Re: An enormous Sturgeon caught!

headed there in October - wish me luck!!
by tai haku
July 12th, 2012, 1:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Germany - few herps, long read....
Replies: 16
Views: 3827

Re: Germany - few herps, long read....

I'm reasonably comfortable saying the fish under the coot are rudd; the dorsal fin looks to be too far back for roach.
by tai haku
July 12th, 2012, 1:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Extinct" snake rediscovered
Replies: 10
Views: 1889

Re: "Extinct" snake rediscovered

Yuup. For more accurate "horses-mouth" reporting Durrell has a blog which has featured the SL Racer http://blog.durrell.org/index.cfm/2012/ ... t-got-away

Worth a look generally as it's also covered off mountain chickens and some other interesting herps (and non-herps for that matter)
by tai haku
June 7th, 2012, 7:55 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Inverts- Virgin Islands National Park
Replies: 15
Views: 3662

Re: Inverts- Virgin Islands National Park

The weevil with the cool stripes is Diaprepes abbreviatus aka sugar cane root borer weevil or orange root weevil Image
depressingly common if you're trying to grow stuff in the VI
by tai haku
June 6th, 2012, 4:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A year in Australia - some of the highlights.
Replies: 19
Views: 3713

Re: A year in Australia - some of the highlights.

Not a herp, but amazing to see - Short-beaked echinda, Tachyglossus aculeatus http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6724489717_ec548ae7e7_z.jpg Well it lays eggs and has a venom gland so I reckon that makes it close enough to most of the cool stuff on here to allow us to give it honorary herp status! ...
by tai haku
June 6th, 2012, 4:13 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What mammals have you eaten? (ONE MAMMAL PER DAY)
Replies: 90
Views: 39549

Re: What mammals have you eaten? (ONE MAMMAL PER DAY)

Curtis Hart wrote:Greater Kudu as steak and biltong.

Curtis
Hi5s on this choice Curtis, Kudu is delicious (kuduwoers is also awesome). I don't think I've seen Capybara listed. Nice enough when stewed, a little stringy.
by tai haku
June 5th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another Galapagos post
Replies: 19
Views: 2410

Re: Yet another Galapagos post

Tai, only saw one Galapagos horn shark, at the northwest end of Isabella. Most common sharks were the scalloped hammerheads (several hundred) followed by galapagos sharks (dozens), silkies (maybe a dozen), 2 whale sharks, 1 blacktip shark, 1 horn shark. Thanks for that, the slightly sad/geeky thing...
by tai haku
June 5th, 2012, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bubble Boa and a month in the Carolinas (DUB)
Replies: 27
Views: 6797

Re: Bubble Boa and a month in the Carolinas (DUB)

loving the coachwhip but I really loved the way you casually dropped in the faceshot on that black bear amidst all the close-ups. It made me jump a little. :lol:
by tai haku
June 3rd, 2012, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another Galapagos post
Replies: 19
Views: 2410

Re: Yet another Galapagos post

Nice red-lipped batfish. Looks like an awesome experience. How many of the Galapagos horn sharks did you see?
by tai haku
June 1st, 2012, 3:58 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Shenandoah Brook Trout
Replies: 18
Views: 7790

Re: Shenandoah Brook Trout

I love lure fishing. I really do. and it's not like I have enough time or opportunity to do that but awesome posts like these are making me want to a) learn to flycast; and b) travel the world as an itinerant fisherman. You guys are seriously not helping my life choices. :lol: That first flank shot ...
by tai haku
May 21st, 2012, 2:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 24 New Caribbean Lizards Found
Replies: 3
Views: 942

Re: 24 New Caribbean Lizards Found

I found the skink on Carrot Rock back in the mid-nineties. I also believe the Anolis cristatellus is an endemic as well. My favorite memory is being nearly blinded by a red-billed tropic bird incutating her eggs among the boulders while I ascended to the top. Nice - I can only ever recall seeing RB...
by tai haku
May 8th, 2012, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 24 New Caribbean Lizards Found
Replies: 3
Views: 942

Re: 24 New Caribbean Lizards Found

I made a coouple of attempts to get on carrot rock for the skink (I think there is also a carrot rock sphaero gecko) when I lived in BVI. By the time I decided to give it a go (trying to round out the BVI herps) I was into my last couple of months and every attempt was scuppered by the weather (tis ...