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by AsydaBass
July 5th, 2012, 9:34 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Florida Birds (shore and water birds) >30 species pictured
Replies: 4
Views: 4838

Re: Florida Birds (shore and water birds) >30 species pictur

VICtort, thanks for the compliments. Making the shift to bird photography (from macro) has been fun. There are so many challenges to overcome when you can't manipulate your subjects; it's a lot of fun! The Green Heron photo that you're talking about was one of those shots that I didn't "notice" unti...
by AsydaBass
July 4th, 2012, 7:53 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Florida Birds (shore and water birds) >30 species pictured
Replies: 4
Views: 4838

Florida Birds (shore and water birds) >30 species pictured

Since the beginning of this year I've been spending a lot of my time in the US down in the Florida Everglades, about three or four days every week. I've been snapping photos as I go (many of which are taken from my kayak) and I thought some of the bird fans might like to see some of the more common ...
by AsydaBass
July 1st, 2012, 7:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Replies: 12
Views: 11797

Re: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Thanks for explaining that Gabriel, very interesting.

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
June 30th, 2012, 7:10 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Replies: 12
Views: 11797

Re: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Thanks bgorum, I keep going back to your horned lizard photo, it's lovely. That is indeed the distortion I was talking about. It's funny you mention the diagram, as I was also looking for one I read a while back. I'm aware that this class of lenses all display distortion to some extent, and from wha...
by AsydaBass
June 29th, 2012, 11:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, June 2011 (New Post- a Year Later!)
Replies: 14
Views: 3686

Re: Costa Rica, June 2011 (New Post- a Year Later!)

Not too bad for such a short time guys, congrats! I'm a bit jealous of the Dipsas bicolor, that's a species that I just haven't managed to come across yet. Brian is spot on with that rain frog ID.

-Don
http://www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
June 29th, 2012, 9:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Replies: 12
Views: 11797

Re: REVIEW- AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Hey, thanks for taking the time to write up a review on this lens. I've been shooting with it since March of this year. Over all I think it's a neat lens to have in the bag, allowing you to achieve some really interesting perspective shots if you get up close and personal with your subject. Though, ...
by AsydaBass
June 27th, 2012, 9:00 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv174/dflip3/Hypsiboasrufitelusgrn.jpg Scarlet-webbed Treefrog ( Hypsiboas rufitelus ) Subadult El Valle, Panama June 2012 Nikon D7000 Nikon 105mm micro f/5.6 1/80 sec ISO-200 Photo taken outside in the daytime with a minimal amount of fill flash -Don http://www.r...
by AsydaBass
June 19th, 2012, 7:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv174/dflip3/Hypsiboasblackout.jpg Scarlet-webbed Treefrog ( Hypsiboas rufitelus ) Nikon D7000 Nikon 105mm 2.8 Micro f/4.5 1/40 sec ISO-320 1 SB-200 fired at a 45° from the front right 1 SB-200 fired at a 45° from behind and left of the frog -Don http://www.rainfo...
by AsydaBass
June 19th, 2012, 5:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2012
Replies: 32
Views: 8075

Re: Costa Rica June 2012

If I recall, the percentage of land that is set aside for reserves in Costa Rica (government and private) is 24%; it's the highest in the world. And for comparison the country is approx. the size of West Virginia. Of course, the realization of preserving its natural resources as a staple economic re...
by AsydaBass
June 18th, 2012, 9:50 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 322833

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Hello everyone, Off the top of my head, my last lifers were: Yellow-tailed Oriole ( Icterus mesomelas ) http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv174/dflip3/Yellow-tailedOriole.jpg Ferruginous Pygmy Owl ( Glaucidium brasilianum ) http://i681.photobucket.com/albums/vv174/dflip3/FPOwl-2.jpg Ruddy-breated S...
by AsydaBass
June 16th, 2012, 7:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2012
Replies: 32
Views: 8075

Re: Costa Rica June 2012

Looks like you had a great time down there. This is a wonderful time of year to herp CR, and as you've seen, a great time to find Pseustes . Just a heads up- Your Craugastor melanostictus is actually a common rainfrog ( C. fitzinger i). C. melanostictus would have an enlarged supraocular tubercle, e...
by AsydaBass
June 6th, 2012, 6:57 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Your Pics of Jumping Spiders
Replies: 38
Views: 7306

Re: Your Pics of Jumping Spiders

Phiale formosa

Image

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
June 2nd, 2012, 8:04 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: ID?
Replies: 7
Views: 3533

Re: ID?

That was also my first thought. They've been established in south Florida for a while now.

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
May 25th, 2012, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Going to Nicaragua in a week...anyone been?
Replies: 13
Views: 1963

Re: Going to Nicaragua in a week...anyone been?

Oh, and Kohler's 2011 Amphibians of Central American guide book, while it has its share of holes and "questionable" info, should serve you well for the salamanders. He also published a reptile version a few years back.

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
May 25th, 2012, 10:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Going to Nicaragua in a week...anyone been?
Replies: 13
Views: 1963

Re: Going to Nicaragua in a week...anyone been?

Subject: Going to Nicaragua in a week...anyone been? Thanks guys, looks like i might make a trip to Mombacho to look for the endemic salamanders. I was unable to find a good herp guide book though, does anyone know if there are any other elapids in Nicaragua besides coral snakes? Otherwise, I figur...
by AsydaBass
May 25th, 2012, 8:20 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Here's a bit more insight into the previously posted Bolitoglossa photo. That particular shot was done "in the studio"...read: set up on the railing of my open air lab. Aside from needing data on the specimen, it was raining when the salamander was captured the previous night, so a photo session was...
by AsydaBass
May 25th, 2012, 8:05 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Thanks Justin, I did notice the bokeh when I saw the photo, it is nice indeed.

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
May 25th, 2012, 8:03 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Bolitoglossa colonnea, the Ridge-headed Salamander

Image

Nikon D7000
Nikon 10-24mm
16mm (24mm equiv.)
f/9
1/50 sec
iso 800
R1 macro flash kit
SB-700 speedlight
Rear-sync flash

-Don
http://www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
May 25th, 2012, 7:40 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Hey everyone, I check this thread everyday even though I don't often contribute to it. If I remember correctly, the original idea was to also post the specs for the photos- exposure, shutter speed, and other pertinent information. It seems lately that most of the posters only post a picture and a sp...
by AsydaBass
May 20th, 2012, 7:31 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: How to choose birding binoculars?
Replies: 29
Views: 13406

Re: How to choose birding binoculars?

Hey Hans, I'm not saying anything that hasn't already been stated quite a few times, just offering my testament... I lived in a dense premontane tropical rainforest for two years, and still spend about 4 months a year in the rainforest. I use a pair of Nikon 10x50, they're the only pair I've owned (...
by AsydaBass
May 11th, 2012, 5:57 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: How to Photograph a Tegu
Replies: 10
Views: 3806

Re: How to Photograph a Tegu

Ed Metzger wrote: use a zoom lens and crop shamelessly.
Haha, I love it.
Good luck with the lizards, guys.

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
May 6th, 2012, 8:12 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Blue Heron vs Mallard
Replies: 11
Views: 5433

Re: Blue Heron vs Mallard

Wonderful photos! Did you use a polarizing filter during this shoot?

-Don
www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
May 5th, 2012, 9:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicaragua snake ID
Replies: 10
Views: 2849

Re: Nicaragua snake ID

Leptodeira annulatus. Notice how the stripe on the nape connects to the first dorsal blotch.

-Don
http://www.RainforestDon.com
by AsydaBass
April 30th, 2012, 6:13 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Tropical Inverts: Arachnids (Costa Rica)
Replies: 6
Views: 2527

Re: Tropical Inverts: Arachnids (Costa Rica)

Thanks for the kind words everyone.
Tim, I would assume that the tarantula lives in the post, but I'm not sure. That photo was taken in 2009 at a station other than my own.

-Don
by AsydaBass
April 25th, 2012, 7:50 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Field herping macro flash???
Replies: 11
Views: 3805

Re: Field herping macro flash???

So for the most part I do not carry the camera around and out with it all attached, especially in the tropics. Jason I practice the same. My camera hardly ever leaves the station. A quick note on focusing is that the speedlights in the R1 system have little LED lights on the front that I find quite...
by AsydaBass
April 24th, 2012, 8:21 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some birds from costa rica
Replies: 10
Views: 3772

Re: Some birds from costa rica

Chris, I've found that the Little Tinamou down in the Osa Peninsula are quite bold (or oblivious), but else where in the country that species, along with the Slaty-breasted, are indeed quite secretive. Also, up at my main site (650m uphill from La Selva) the Greats are more "normal" in behavior.

-Don
by AsydaBass
April 21st, 2012, 11:33 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Image

Side-striped Palm Viper
Bothriechis lateralis
2050 m asl, Cerro Dantas Wildlife Refuge- Heredia, Costa Rica

Nikon D7000, 105mm Nikon Micro
SB-700, R1 twin speedlights
f/22
1/50 sec.
ISO 500

-Don
http://www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
April 21st, 2012, 10:12 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some birds from costa rica
Replies: 10
Views: 3772

Re: Some birds from costa rica

That macaw species is quite localized - good bird for sure. ALL of them are "good" birds, but the jacamar and tanager are easy. The macaws are not, and the Tinamou is not an easy one to see. Greg I'm with Greg on this one. The macaw numbers are rebounding wonderfully, but remember, they were critic...
by AsydaBass
April 21st, 2012, 9:57 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Florida isn't just for non-native herps...
Replies: 2
Views: 2279

Re: Florida isn't just for non-native herps...

Very nice. I saw this species in Broward Country early last year (or maybe late 2010?).

-Don
by AsydaBass
April 19th, 2012, 1:32 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Tropical Inverts: Arachnids (Costa Rica)
Replies: 6
Views: 2527

Tropical Inverts: Arachnids (Costa Rica)

Hello everyone, I don't get to post on here as often as I'd like, but I am always happy to when I do get the chance. As some of you know, I spend the better part of my year in the rainforests of Costa Rica, working in the canopy and with tropical herps. I thought I'd share a few invertebrate photogr...
by AsydaBass
April 17th, 2012, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID from Costa Rica
Replies: 3
Views: 868

Re: Frog ID from Costa Rica

Looks like Teratohyla spinosa to me.

Pura Vida,
-Don
by AsydaBass
April 13th, 2012, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Trip to Costa Rica Nov/Dec 2011
Replies: 9
Views: 3031

Re: Recent Trip to Costa Rica Nov/Dec 2011

Hi there, looks like you had a wonderful trip. I would be interested in hearing more about the places you visited. I agree with Brian on the frog and snake ID's. The "C. megacephalus" and the two frogs pictured below it are all C. fitzingeri, while the metamorph hylid above it, depending on the elev...
by AsydaBass
April 10th, 2012, 4:50 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 163667

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Here is an inch long Pristimantis cerasinus, the Clay-colored Rainfrog, peeking out from under some leaf litter.

Image

Pura Vida,

Don
http://www.rainforestdon.com
by AsydaBass
March 14th, 2012, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: clelia or Lampropeltis?
Replies: 16
Views: 2777

Re: clelia or Lampropeltis?

Ya, Clelia scytalina is the highland counterpart, in Costa Rica at least.

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 28th, 2012, 8:27 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: flickr herpers
Replies: 31
Views: 8210

Re: flickr herpers

Hey there, I'm not a Flickr user, but I do have a small site I started up to showcase my photography (lots of herp photos) http://www.rainforestdon.com I have a section that I recently started to showcase other biologists and photographers work, and to display a link to their sites. If anyone is int...
by AsydaBass
February 23rd, 2012, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: clelia or Lampropeltis?
Replies: 16
Views: 2777

Re: clelia or Lampropeltis?

Clelia scytalina have a cream venter, the snake in question clearly does not.

Image

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 22nd, 2012, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Ringnecks from the Florida Keys
Replies: 17
Views: 3147

Re: Some Ringnecks from the Florida Keys

Tim Borski wrote:Carl, John Decker writes that acricus eat a lot of Green house frogs. Tim

Tim, do you still keep in touch with John? I haven't talked to him in years. He's the guy that got me hooked on Sphaerodactylus.

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 14th, 2012, 8:06 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Yellow Grosbeaks
Replies: 1
Views: 1103

Re: Yellow Grosbeaks

Beautiful birds- thanks for sharing them!

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 14th, 2012, 8:02 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Can you find the birds? - new photo added
Replies: 12
Views: 3015

Re: Can you find the birds?

Here's a photograph of one of the Barred Owls from the above picture. http://i80.photobucket.com/albums/j200/dflip1/Herping/DSC_3626.jpg I found a young owl in one of other domes later that day, but they seemed a bit agitated, so I opted to forego the photo op and leave them be. I'm planning on tryi...
by AsydaBass
February 13th, 2012, 7:57 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Can you find the birds? - new photo added
Replies: 12
Views: 3015

Re: Can you find the birds?

Glad you guys enjoyed it. They were both perched around eye-level in a cypress dome. I see this pair and another pair fairly regularly. I'll post a "cleaner" photo of one of them tomorrow morning.

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 13th, 2012, 9:01 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Can you find the birds? - new photo added
Replies: 12
Views: 3015

Can you find the birds? - new photo added

Hello everyone, I thought I'd share this picture with you. I took it last week during an Everglades outing. Can you find the two birds in this shot? They're big.

Image

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 13th, 2012, 8:39 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 322833

Re: What was your last lifer?...

10 Feb 2012
Ruddy Turnstone
Northern Parula

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 7th, 2012, 9:31 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 322833

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Long-billed Dowitcher (immature) while kayaking Florida Bay.

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 5th, 2012, 6:08 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Off Topic: Plant Identification
Replies: 8
Views: 1949

Re: Off Topic: Plant Identification

Have you thought about picking up a local or regional field guide? Many state parks and other government protected areas have resources such as species lists available on their websites. They make for a good starting point with identification.

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 5th, 2012, 6:05 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 322833

Re: What was your last lifer?...

4 February- Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)
5 February- Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Those snipes are cool birds!

-Don
by AsydaBass
February 1st, 2012, 8:34 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Sarawak katydid ID please!
Replies: 5
Views: 1898

Re: Sarawak katydid ID please!

Beautiful! katydid

-Don
by AsydaBass
January 30th, 2012, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama snake ID help please
Replies: 13
Views: 2595

Re: Panama snake ID help please

The very first genus that popped into my mind was Tantilla, based on the head shape.

-Don
by AsydaBass
January 30th, 2012, 7:38 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Suggestions needed for a Lens/Camera Holster
Replies: 7
Views: 3452

Re: Suggestions needed for a Lens/Camera Holster

That backpack strap attachment looks great (for me at least). It says it works best with a 3in wide strap, I wonder about smaller straps. My field pack is an ultra-light (Osprey Evo 58) and the straps aren't that large.

-Don
by AsydaBass
January 30th, 2012, 8:22 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Suggestions needed for a Lens/Camera Holster
Replies: 7
Views: 3452

Re: Suggestions needed for a Lens/Camera Holster

I just read the spider holster review you linked to, they used the term "spin" and "twirl" way too many times. That alone is enough to make me not even consider their product. My camera flailing about at my side is just begging for me to hit my lens on something... No thank you :!:

-Don
by AsydaBass
January 29th, 2012, 11:29 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: REVIEW - Cotton Carrier Camera Harness System
Replies: 20
Views: 14784

Re: REVIEW - Cotton Carrier Camera Harness System

Chris, thanks for taking the time to write this up! I've already skimmed the website, book marked it, and sent it to a friend who has been complaining about daily (12 hour) hikes with his 100-400mm / 60D around his neck. I can't wait to explore the products more thoroughly later tonight. Pura Vida, ...