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by Matt Buckingham
May 29th, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Kayak bird photography
Replies: 8
Views: 3079

Re: Kayak bird photography

You're killing it in that yak.

I'd definitely call your peep a Semipalmated Sandpiper. Legs don't look yellow to me, and the bill fits.
by Matt Buckingham
May 14th, 2014, 1:52 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some coastal migrants from Texas - photo dump!
Replies: 9
Views: 3608

Re: Some coastal migrants from Texas - photo dump!

Great post and photos. You did quite well, considering the weather we've had this season. I really dig the Fulvous Whistling-Duck photo. Congrats also on the Swainson's Warbler photo. Was the Ladder-Backed at Sabine Woods? I heard about a few Ladder-backed Woodpeckers being seen this year, great sho...
by Matt Buckingham
January 25th, 2014, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chapter field trips
Replies: 40
Views: 10055

Re: Chapter field trips

I would like to survey Anuhuac NWR. It used to have some cool species that aren't easy to find in Texas, such as Pig Frogs. I'm not sure how much the salt water intrusion of Ike influenced that? The one advantage Anuhuac has is that it is open at night, unlike most other refuges. I used to work at ...
by Matt Buckingham
January 24th, 2014, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chapter field trips
Replies: 40
Views: 10055

Re: Chapter field trips

I would contact the NWR's. Both National Forests and National Wildlife Refuges are designated as "multi use" public lands. Hunting is legal, and they may well allow you to herp there with hunting licenses and herp stamps. Further more, if you can get ahold of the wildlife biologist for the refuge or...
by Matt Buckingham
November 14th, 2013, 1:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 7442

Re: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread

Great thread. I love going through photos of Ambystoma . Ambystoma mavortium mavortium from West Texas http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7409/9209596103_337a7655c5_c.jpg Barred Tiger Salamander by Matt Buckingham , on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7371/9209594475_604af1210f_c.jpg Barred Tiger Sal...
by Matt Buckingham
October 9th, 2013, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin monitor
Replies: 7
Views: 1579

Re: Austin monitor

Did you see this lizard? It looks an awful lot like this: http://cdn2.sulitstatic.com/images/2012 ... 7769a7.jpg

I think your buddy was playing a joke on you. I don't know what species it's supposed to be.
by Matt Buckingham
October 9th, 2013, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road October 3-7 2013
Replies: 26
Views: 5689

Re: Snake Road October 3-7 2013

Awesome post.
by Matt Buckingham
October 9th, 2013, 7:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin monitor
Replies: 7
Views: 1579

Re: Austin monitor

A toy?
by Matt Buckingham
September 15th, 2013, 6:36 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Stick bug question...
Replies: 7
Views: 3274

Re: Stick bug question...

This is not Megaphasma denticrus . Males are not winged, and females do not possess the thoracic spines or reduced wings shown in this photo. Also, as far as I know they are more or less restricted to central states. It has to be an exotic. We have no native species that fit these descriptions. Do y...
by Matt Buckingham
September 12th, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple old easterners return to a special western location
Replies: 11
Views: 2372

Re: A couple old easterners return to a special western loca

Great post of some beautiful country! The bat shot is killer, and I dig the amphibians!
by Matt Buckingham
September 12th, 2013, 12:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting NPR article on Viridis......
Replies: 2
Views: 925

Re: Interesting NPR article on Viridis......

This story comes up a number of times, with a number of species, and a number of different reasons for the loss of rattling behavior - feral hogs, rattlensnake roundups, etc. The fact is that there is no science backing any of this up. I've seen nothing more than anecdotal accounts and speculation. ...
by Matt Buckingham
September 9th, 2013, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from the Field (DUW)
Replies: 30
Views: 7862

Re: Photos from the Field (DUW)

Ok, so now after going back for 'seconds', 'fourths' and beyond, I just made an observation in both this great post and Kyle's Soopaman 's great Texas post....one thing was missing. I just could not put my finger on it at first and then it finally dawned on me: Western Pygmy Rattlesnake . LOL. Do y...
by Matt Buckingham
September 7th, 2013, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from the Field (DUW)
Replies: 30
Views: 7862

Re: Photos from the Field (DUW)

Thanks all, for taking the time to go through the post and for the comments. So many nice photos in here. I really like how you were able to catch the young Pyramid Magnolias in their element. I see that I missed a lot of good trips by moving out west. Your flower photos are top notch. I'm jealous o...
by Matt Buckingham
September 7th, 2013, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Past Month or so in Indiana
Replies: 10
Views: 4474

Re: Past Month or so in Indiana

Great stuff Zach. I grew up in the midwest so it's always a treat seeing these posts! I especially like your Opheodrys!
by Matt Buckingham
September 7th, 2013, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer- I think chilled Jägermeister might be best for this
Replies: 46
Views: 10823

Re: Summer- I think chilled Jägermeister might be best for t

Excellent work all around! I especially like the Anurans and the desert box turtle!
by Matt Buckingham
September 5th, 2013, 6:11 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Suggestions: Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Oddities
Replies: 13
Views: 4816

Re: Suggestions: Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Oddities

There are a number of non-photosynthesizing (therefore non-chlorophyll producing) plants that are obligate parasites that might be interesting to mention. Examples include the genera Monotropa and Epifagus . Monotropa uniflora for example is a parasite of the mycorrhizal fungus of tree roots. Epifag...
by Matt Buckingham
September 4th, 2013, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from the Field (DUW)
Replies: 30
Views: 7862

Photos from the Field (DUW)

The following is a collection of images from December 2012 until just yesterday. It's a long one, so be warned. I put the herps first for those who might not be interested in other taxa and landscape shots. The majority of the shots are from East Texas, but I've included a number from West Texas, as...
by Matt Buckingham
August 30th, 2013, 11:04 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC
Replies: 9
Views: 5838

Re: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC

reptileexperts wrote:It's sharper than the 100mm f2.8 macro lens according to the dmark scale with a rating of 25-26 on the canon 60D and 70D bodies.
Can you provide any more details on this? I find that hard to believe.
by Matt Buckingham
July 16th, 2013, 9:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arkansas - First Half of 2013, Parts 1 and 2
Replies: 7
Views: 2146

Re: Arkansas - First Half of 2013, Parts 1 and 2

Awesome!! Great photos all around. That ornate box turtle is spectacular, I don't think I've ever seen one that pretty.

I'm also very jealous of the ringed salamander. I plan on trying again this fall for an adult.
by Matt Buckingham
June 10th, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some birds from Puerto Rico
Replies: 4
Views: 2938

Re: Some birds from Puerto Rico

This is awesome. That Puerto Rican Tody shot is spectacular. That's a species that is VERY high on my list. It would be worth the trip to PR even if I didn't see any other birds!!
by Matt Buckingham
June 6th, 2013, 6:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Vegas are bird ID needed
Replies: 9
Views: 2544

Re: Vegas are bird ID needed

These are juvenile Black-throated Sparrows.
by Matt Buckingham
June 4th, 2013, 12:44 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Please Take a Look: New Herp Book Idea
Replies: 41
Views: 11678

Re: Please Take a Look: New Herp Book Idea

You probably have most of North America covered from all the great photographers that chimed in. I have a few photos of Argentine herps in this Flickr set. Towards the bottom there are a number of anuran shots. I'm happy to send full res shots of any that you are interested in. http://www.flickr.com...
by Matt Buckingham
June 4th, 2013, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Journey Continues: 2013 in East Texas (UPDATED 1/6/14)
Replies: 48
Views: 20884

Re: The Journey Continues: 2013 in (mostly) East Texas

Great post! I'd be lying if I'd say I wasn't jealous. I wish I had more time for herping, it took me a couple of years to compile all of those species in E. TX. It's amazing how much your photography has improved over the past year as well. Shooting like a pro now. I look forward to getting back out...
by Matt Buckingham
May 21st, 2013, 7:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 26963

Re: New Flickr

Also, that cover photo thing is really pissing me off. I downsize my photos to 1024 pixels wide before uploading. That resolution is too low to make a usable cover photo. So I tried to upload a full size photo, but make it private so that it would not be seen on my photostream, and then use it as t...
by Matt Buckingham
May 21st, 2013, 6:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 26963

Re: New Flickr

It was a weak move and handled poorly in my opinion. Flickr does have an ideas/feedback thread for us to comment in. I have my doubts that any comments will be taken seriously, but there have been thousands of negative comments made about the new layout already, and very few positives. Here is a cri...
by Matt Buckingham
May 18th, 2013, 7:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 138724

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

by Matt Buckingham
May 18th, 2013, 7:06 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Cross country road trip advice
Replies: 7
Views: 2528

Re: Cross country road trip advice

Ditto on Davis Mountains for Montezuma Quail. I've seen them on about half of my visits there. When will you be going on this trip? If it's in the next month or so you won't be disappointed with Big Bend. There's something for everyone there. On the hike up to Boot Canyon besides Colima Warblers you...
by Matt Buckingham
May 17th, 2013, 8:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip thread
Replies: 28
Views: 3455

Re: Coachwhip thread

Something you don't see every day...

In situ

Image
Eastern Coachwhips by Matt Buckingham, on Flickr
by Matt Buckingham
May 8th, 2013, 1:43 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?
Replies: 25
Views: 9552

Re: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?

Yeah you have to be interested in learning how to refine your craft in those early stages. Bracketing for exposure compensation is a great tool. I personally agree with you, that it should be used to teach yourself how to properly expose a given situation, but to each their own I guess. It is a bit ...
by Matt Buckingham
May 8th, 2013, 6:12 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?
Replies: 25
Views: 9552

Re: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?

My thoughts: The question itself is multi-faceted. For example, I wouldn't advise any kind of self restraint on a beginner who is just learning about photography. The best way to learn is through trial and error, and that means taking lots and lots of pictures. As we progress I think it's natural to...
by Matt Buckingham
May 2nd, 2013, 10:59 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A couple from the Texas Coast.
Replies: 5
Views: 2317

Re: A couple from the Texas Coast.

I've never done Aransas during migration. I usually hit Anahuac and High Island, much closer to home. I've heard other sing praises for Aransas though. I usually visit the Bolivar Peninsula as well, but didn't get a chance last weekend. That could have added several additional species.
by Matt Buckingham
May 2nd, 2013, 6:17 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A couple from the Texas Coast.
Replies: 5
Views: 2317

A couple from the Texas Coast.

Last weekend was a pretty legit fallout on the Texas Coast. Twenty-five species of warbler, and high numbers for most species. Lots of other good stuff too. I didn't get too many good shots. Despite being able to get close, the birds were hyper-actively foraging and near impossible to get a clear sh...
by Matt Buckingham
May 1st, 2013, 8:22 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Mackay Island NWR - Knotts Island, NC
Replies: 7
Views: 3579

Re: Mackay Island NWR - Knotts Island, NC

Sweet! Rallids are my favorite group. I worked with all three species of Rallus up in the Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. RE: Hybrids, that's a hot topic now for sure. I spoke at great length with folks out of LSU who have been studying the contact zone in coastal marshes ...
by Matt Buckingham
May 1st, 2013, 8:11 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand - Miranda and other January stuff
Replies: 4
Views: 3189

Re: New Zealand - Miranda and other January stuff

Good stuff Chris. Really enjoyed reading about the trip, and the pics were the icing on the cake!
by Matt Buckingham
May 1st, 2013, 8:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: image I liked the results of, opinions welcome!
Replies: 8
Views: 3595

Re: image I liked the results of, opinions welcome!

It's definitely a cool concept, but the shot doesn't quite work for me as posted. I think if you made the moon a bit smaller, blurred it just a tad and moved it further up towards the upper right corner it would be more impactful. I also think you might consider toning down the flash highlights a bit.
by Matt Buckingham
May 1st, 2013, 8:04 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Little help with ID on this one from Brazil?
Replies: 10
Views: 3477

Re: Little help with ID on this one from Brazil?

Cool shots. I lived in the Argentine side of Iguazu for a year, researching the bird communities for my Master's. Black-fronted Piping Guans are easy to see in the area, but they have a small range and are generally rare throughout it.
by Matt Buckingham
March 19th, 2013, 1:58 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Favorite Bird Name(s)
Replies: 13
Views: 3489

Re: Favorite Bird Name(s)

You gotta like funky bird names. What about the Blue-capped Cordon-bleu?
by Matt Buckingham
February 24th, 2013, 5:23 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Winter, (mostly Bosque del Apache)
Replies: 12
Views: 3579

Re: Winter, (mostly Bosque del Apache)

Yeah those are American Crows. Your yellowlegs is a Lesser as well.

Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing more!
by Matt Buckingham
February 24th, 2013, 9:35 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Winter, (mostly Bosque del Apache)
Replies: 12
Views: 3579

Re: Winter, (mostly Bosque del Apache)

NICE! Really enjoyed this post. Your cormorant looks like a Neotropic. They turn up regularly at Bosque del Apache.
by Matt Buckingham
February 23rd, 2013, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Argentine Anurans
Replies: 9
Views: 1467

Re: Some Argentine Anurans

Thanks guys. Jordo: I'm using a Canon 7D and Canon 100mm f/2.8. Lighting is achieved with 2 Canon 430 EX flash units with Lumiquest Softbox III off camera triggered by the 7D's wireless function. I don't have a bracket, though I have been looking for one that I like. I've tried a few and have not be...
by Matt Buckingham
February 23rd, 2013, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog Hunting on Misty Mountaintops in the Andes! (big post)
Replies: 27
Views: 3582

Re: Frog Hunting on Misty Mountaintops in the Andes! (big po

My favorite post of the year so far. Your images and narratives really give me a feel for those unique habitats.
by Matt Buckingham
February 21st, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Argentine Anurans
Replies: 9
Views: 1467

Re: Some Argentine Anurans

Thanks guys. The similarity between latrans and some of our Ranids was interesting. Makes me ponder on mechanisms driving selection for the shared traits.
by Matt Buckingham
February 21st, 2013, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year In Review, March 2012
Replies: 23
Views: 3961

Re: My Year In Review, March 2012

VERY nice post. I dig the flora shots.
by Matt Buckingham
February 21st, 2013, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM & AZ w/ some Chile (S.America) - too long, so scroll fast
Replies: 28
Views: 5457

Re: NM & AZ w/ some Chile (S.America) - too long, so scroll

Great post. I always appreciate the non-herp photography as well. The petroglyphs are especially cool.
by Matt Buckingham
February 21st, 2013, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anoles - enough said
Replies: 34
Views: 19095

Re: Anoles - enough said

Great shots and really great variety. The dewlap comparison shots are particularly nice!
by Matt Buckingham
February 20th, 2013, 5:24 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What's your favorite?
Replies: 12
Views: 3116

Re: What's your favorite?

Favorite NA songbird: Prothonotary Warbler http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6751655099_2ed9df58e3_z.jpg Prothonotary Warbler by Matt Buckingham , on Flickr Their habitat and ecology is super cool, and their colors are really beautiful to me. Brown-capped Rosy Finch is a close second. Favorite NA ...
by Matt Buckingham
February 20th, 2013, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Argentine Anurans
Replies: 9
Views: 1467

Some Argentine Anurans

I just returned from a week long trip to Argentina. I didn't have too much time for herping or photography, but managed to get out to find a few Anurans and other odds and ends. Rhinella schneideri are huge toads that rival Cane Toads in size, though I think that schneideri is more attractive. This ...
by Matt Buckingham
February 4th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: which is better: canon or nikon?
Replies: 10
Views: 3323

Re: which is better: canon or nikon?

Haha! Good luck.

In all honesty I think that you can't go wrong either way, I've always used Canon and have been very happy with them, and I have friends who use Nikon and swear by them. I've seen exceptional images from both.
by Matt Buckingham
January 24th, 2013, 8:10 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New camera soon, questions about lenses, flash, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 5895

Re: New camera soon, questions about lenses, flash, etc.

I have a 7D and it is far and away the best body I have owned. You won't be disappointed. I would strongly recommend the Canon 100mm macro. I would also say you can save yourself the $$ and go with the non-image stabilized. If you have a steady hand the image stabilization probably won't come in han...
by Matt Buckingham
January 24th, 2013, 7:37 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: any tips to better my photos?
Replies: 23
Views: 5764

Re: any tips to better my photos?

There is great advice here. I think the best thing you can do is practice with your camera, a lot. I've taken hundreds of thousands of shots over the year. The fun thing about photography is that the more you do it, the faster you progress, and it's easy to see your progression. Find a scene or subj...