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by dthor68
April 11th, 2014, 9:37 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tips for night photography?
Replies: 9
Views: 4025

Re: Tips for night photography?

I have been back and forth on this topic for a couple of years. No doubt that the highlights are bad but the flat amphibian is just as bad. Other than toads and newts amphibians are suppose to be shiny. When you take that away from them, they look unreal. But, that seems to be the standard set by th...
by dthor68
March 30th, 2014, 5:04 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone own a Nikon D600?
Replies: 5
Views: 3783

Re: Anyone own a Nikon D600?

Don't get me wrong Chris. Even though I love the camera I think Nikon should have acted MUCH quicker. I bought refurbished knowing that there would be a problem. I joke about the snobs, had I spent $2200 on it and it developed a oil issue I would have been furious too. In fact I am grateful that it ...
by dthor68
March 30th, 2014, 8:31 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone own a Nikon D600?
Replies: 5
Views: 3783

Re: Anyone own a Nikon D600?

There is no more of a dust problem with this camera than any other. The problem is oil or some sort of lubricant. The dust sticks to it. Mine started to have a problem at around 4500 shots. I let it go to about 7000. I wet cleaned the sensor and have not had a problem since. I got the camera refurbi...
by dthor68
March 29th, 2014, 6:26 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Even if we did something tomorrow what makes you think China will? China is doing something about it. They've invested a ton of money into renewable power- not just because of climate change, but because they realize they are killing off everything in China as a result of their catastrophic polluti...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2014, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ornate or Southern Chorus Frog?
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Re: Ornate or Southern Chorus Frog?

I found it in the Savannah Ga. area. I think the Upland does have a disjunct population in Charleston area but for the most part they are a Piedmont species. The Uplands that I have caught this winter have no yellow and only distinct marking is the white lip.
by dthor68
March 28th, 2014, 5:23 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

What it boils down to is politics. The Republican voter is not going to believe in global warming period. Reason, because the Democrat voter does believe. It does not matter what kind of proof is presented. It does not matter that there are thousands of men and woman with intelligence that far exce...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2014, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road Cruisin' Music
Replies: 26
Views: 4991

Re: Road Cruisin' Music

When the atmospheric conditions were right I used to like listening to WSB out of Atlanta when they were airing Braves baseball games. I could get WSB as far south as Palm Beach County late at night. Baseball is excellent herping entertainment. I listened to the Houston Astros a lot as a teenager w...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2014, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road Cruisin' Music
Replies: 26
Views: 4991

Re: Road Cruisin' Music

Good Topic! I spend so much time in my CRV that I had to upgrade the stereo. I got a big old school Soundstream amp with some Focal speakers and one 12" sub. I rock to and from destinations. I love metal, rock, folk rock and old R&B. I guess Steely Dan and Donald Fagen is what I listen to most. Real...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2014, 3:32 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

What it boils down to is politics. The Republican voter is not going to believe in global warming period. Reason, because the Democrat voter does believe. It does not matter what kind of proof is presented. It does not matter that there are thousands of men and woman with intelligence that far excee...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2014, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ornate or Southern Chorus Frog?
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Ornate or Southern Chorus Frog?

When I first caught this I thought Southern Chorus Frog. It does not have the distinct dorsal pattern that makes the Ornate stand out. What has me scratching my head is the yellow around belly and legs. As far as I know Southern's do not have any yellow at all. So what would you call it? http://thum...
by dthor68
March 13th, 2014, 4:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Right On Psyon, I guess?
by dthor68
March 13th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

For the record, my view on climate change, is that I don't care what is happening either way. I believe we have plenty of other great reasons for cutting back on pollution and carbon emissions. I don't want to have to wear smog masks like they do in China at times. I don't want to look at disgustin...
by dthor68
March 13th, 2014, 3:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

My guess is that Fieldnotes works for a company that is in jeopardy of sinking due to their high CO2 output. I would imagine that anyone who takes a major part in the destruction of the US would be against global warming.
by dthor68
March 12th, 2014, 4:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 127713

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

@Fieldnotes, is this your way of saying that you are a Republican? I thought that political debates were not allowed here?
by dthor68
February 27th, 2014, 5:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black headed Cat Snake
Replies: 9
Views: 2761

Re: Black headed Cat Snake

Wow, that is beautiful snake and I see what you mean. My Bad!

Do you have photos of Boiga cyanea or Boiga dendrophelia that you could share?
by dthor68
February 26th, 2014, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black headed Cat Snake
Replies: 9
Views: 2761

Re: Black headed Cat Snake

I have always loved the Boiga family. And I really love any animal that will not highlight when using a flash. I think that is why Copperheads are my favorite subject. All of the pics are awesome but I really love #2 Thanks, but I really have to say this: there's no snake that won't "highlight" whe...
by dthor68
February 26th, 2014, 5:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black headed Cat Snake
Replies: 9
Views: 2761

Re: Black headed Cat Snake

I have always loved the Boiga family. And I really love any animal that will not highlight when using a flash. I think that is why Copperheads are my favorite subject. All of the pics are awesome but I really love #2
by dthor68
February 22nd, 2014, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Best of the Midwest: My 2013 Year in Review
Replies: 31
Views: 14643

Re: The Best of the Midwest: My 2013 Year in Review

So what is Ophidiomyces? I googled it and only came up with one small article stating that the first to test positive for it came from Spartanburg Co. SC. Last May I found an adult Milk Snake in Greenville Co. SC (Next door to Spartanburg Co.) eaten up with some sort of fungus similar to your Copper...
by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 1440

Re: Anyone know what this is?

They are Upland Chorus from Laurens Co. SC.
by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 5:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 49724

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

luv_the_smellof_musk wrote: I am full on for requiring cats be kept indoors and certain snakes being chipped and locked where likely to become invasive, but not in support of people who think we shouldn't treat disease because it might require the use of lab rats or that snakes feelings are being hu...
by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 1440

Re: Anyone know what this is?

Thanks Andy, it looks to be Globular Springtail - Ptenothrix unicolor

Learn something new every day!
by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 4:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 1440

Re: Anyone know what this is?

A little bigger,

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by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know what this is?
Replies: 6
Views: 1440

Anyone know what this is?

I am sure you know what this is:

Image


What is this on her nose?

Image

I do know that it is not a chigger or mite as they do not have visible eyes.
by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 3:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 49724

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

Kris, I was not calling you out or picking at you. I was just giving an example of your example. All I am trying to say is that the whole pet trade is a huge mess. Whatever they do will not please everyone. As long as what they do is in the best interest of the wildlife and wild places than I am all...
by dthor68
February 18th, 2014, 1:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 49724

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

I do believe that if the industry had done a better job of regulating and policing itself (i.e. NOT selling burms to 12 year old kids at reptile shows), it wouldn't find itself in this position. Anytime someone delegates creation and enforcement of conduct to disinterested third parties that do not...
by dthor68
February 17th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 49724

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

I just read several articles on the Lacey Act. Sorry dude, but I am all for it. No doubt that big pythons and boas will only survive in Southern Florida, Southern Texas and Southern California. However, invasives are in every state. Anything they can do to help needs to be done. Also, there is no se...
by dthor68
February 17th, 2014, 10:11 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 49724

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

Are you saying that they are wanting to ban exotic pets like pythons and boas? That sounds great to me. I will always be for keeping invasives down and wild populations up.
by dthor68
February 15th, 2014, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 25121

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

Captainjack, I use to do that myself. I would mark area with one of those little wire flags, always on the side of the road the snake was heading. Much more difficult with amphibians. Chances are they are out because of weather conditions. If you return them the next night and conditions are not the...
by dthor68
February 13th, 2014, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

Umop, that is what I was thinking, there are no wood frogs in that area. Not really sure how all Marbled's work, but those eggs that I have found were always under surface cover and guarded by an adult or two. They also do their breeding in November/December. But I have spent hours in that same area...
by dthor68
February 13th, 2014, 10:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

Bill, I would if I could! Not for the amphibians but the Chattooga River in the snow. Due to cut backs they do not plow snow off of roads in South Carolina. Instead they drive their 40+ plows around with the plows up. It really is a joke. As far as I know the cut backs have existed since I have live...
by dthor68
February 12th, 2014, 7:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Polar Bears, Global Warming, and oddly - Yeti
Replies: 25
Views: 21096

Re: Polar Bears, Global Warming, and oddly - Yeti

Are you guys serious? I thought the whole Bigfoot thing was just for laughs and a lot of you are talking about wanting to believe in it? I am seriously confused. Now you have all got me thinking that they are seriously looking for Bigfoot on those idiotic TV shows. If they are really looking for a B...
by dthor68
February 11th, 2014, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

On Sunday I went to Aiken Co. to look for Ornate and Brimley's Chorus Frogs. I heard zero calling and found no targets. I did find two young Pine Woods Treefrogs that were under cover and in a state of sleep. I also witnessed a lot of deforestation. One of my favorite spots was clear-cut. This was t...
by dthor68
February 11th, 2014, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

I had success Saturday. I found several choruses of Upland Chorus Frogs and it still took me 4 hours to find one. When I got within 20' they stopped calling and I saw no movement at all. It was quite irritating. It was not until later that day when I heard calling from a very small roadside ditch th...
by dthor68
February 5th, 2014, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

I did find several clusters of eggs today, not sure what they are?Image
by dthor68
February 5th, 2014, 4:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

umop apisdn, Yeah, we are only getting some morning showers with a cool down tonight. I found ten Marbled Salamanders last weekend, never had any trouble finding them. I have been finding the Marbled's since last October. My guess is that the other ambystoma have the same habit of hiding under surfa...
by dthor68
February 4th, 2014, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

BillMcGighan, appreciate the help. I take it you live in the Erwin area. I got up there a couple of times last year, very nice. umop apisdn, appreciate your help too. I have never seen an A. maculatum egg mass, that I know of. I have only seen two adults in my life and that area is now covered in co...
by dthor68
February 4th, 2014, 6:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Re: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

Thank You cbernz,

Tonight we have a 90% chance of rain high 44, low 40. Are those conditions sufficient?

What would be the optimum time and conditions for Upstate South Carolina?
by dthor68
February 4th, 2014, 4:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?
Replies: 16
Views: 2538

Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs?

I would really love to photograph the Spotted Salamanders and Upland Chorus Frogs before spring. I have already made several trips in search of them with no luck. I have seen no egg masses and only Marbled Salamander. Yesterday, I did hear a few Spring Peepers, found a couple of Newts mating and fou...
by dthor68
February 4th, 2014, 4:28 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Scott Kelby talks about his switch from Nikon to Canon
Replies: 9
Views: 4392

Re: Scott Kelby talks about his switch from Nikon to Canon

I am confused? About a month ago I heard a story about Scott Kelby switching to Canon because Canon offered him more money to sponsor their cameras. Now he is saying Canon has better ISO and does better with skin tones. Skin tones has more to do with lighting than the camera body. If you shoot in RA...
by dthor68
February 3rd, 2014, 1:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field experience with Rough Greens? (No pics)
Replies: 6
Views: 1458

Re: Field experience with Rough Greens? (No pics)

Hey Salamanderhunter.

I have, on several occasions, found greens roosting at night from Forest Rd. bridges. In all of those cases the tops of the trees were at arms length from the bridge. As bad as I wanted, I never could wake them from their sleep. As far as habitat goes, anywhere close to water.
by dthor68
January 24th, 2014, 4:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can Southern Herps Deal with Extreme Cold?
Replies: 14
Views: 2848

Re: Can Southern Herps Deal with Extreme Cold?

It is 29 degrees warmer in Fairbanks Alaska than it is in Clayton Georgia.
by dthor68
January 24th, 2014, 4:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can Southern Herps Deal with Extreme Cold?
Replies: 14
Views: 2848

Can Southern Herps Deal with Extreme Cold?

In the last 6 years my area has only hit teens one time. So far this year we have hit the teens four times. How do herps deal with this?
by dthor68
January 24th, 2014, 4:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And the world’s most beautiful sound ... a Bornean frog!
Replies: 9
Views: 2120

Re: And the world’s most beautiful sound ... a Bornean frog!

WOW! That is beautiful. My personal favorite has always been the loud and proud, Narrowmouth Toad.
by dthor68
January 17th, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14929

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Are you fearful of being bit? I am 45, been blazing my own trails through the southeastern swamps since I was 11. I have never wore more than tennis shoes and shorts, no socks. I have never been bit and have only stepped on one snake, a garter in the smokies. You may be going a little overboard, esp...
by dthor68
January 14th, 2014, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeper help in OH, WV, VA and KY
Replies: 8
Views: 2890

Re: Peeper help in OH, WV, VA and KY

Nick, I spend a lot of time on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. I know that is not in your area. However, it is at a higher elevation and temps rarely go above 80, especially at elevations at 5000'. Anyway, last year the peepers were calling every night from late April to late September tha...
by dthor68
January 10th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Would like to hear your thoughts on this Video.
Replies: 23
Views: 2801

Re: Would like to hear your thoughts on this Video.

Yeah Beemaster the dirtbags in the video have no conscience. No one ever had to teach or even tell me to put it back the way I found it. I learned it on my own after rolling over that very first log in Harris County Texas, way back in 82. I have run across people like this many times in the field. A...
by dthor68
January 10th, 2014, 3:33 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30856

Re: New Flickr

For the most part, I like flickr. I have not seen anything wrong with it yet. But then again I am new to it, I have no idea how it worked prior. I used photo.net for several years which cost $25.00 a year, flickr is free. Also at photo.net and there "build your own" website, the thumbnail photos are...
by dthor68
January 10th, 2014, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hunting Ambystoma?
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: Hunting Ambystoma?

"Snot Lizards", that's funny!
by dthor68
January 10th, 2014, 2:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hunting Ambystoma?
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Hunting Ambystoma?

Is tomorrow to early to hunt ambystoma maculatum in the lower piedmont of SC? I have never found one but from all the info I have gathered it looks as though January is peak time in Southeast. The area I am going to has no reported sighting but it looks so perfect. There are ditches and pools everyw...
by dthor68
January 8th, 2014, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Would like to hear your thoughts on this Video.
Replies: 23
Views: 2801

Re: Would like to hear your thoughts on this Video.

dery, it ain't my video!

Personally, I thought they broke every rule in ethics! I know that Field Herp Forum is split down the middle with pro-collectors and anti-collectors. I would like to think that every member here would be against this kind of behavior. I could be wrong.

Derek