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 Post subject: A few finds from the past 12 months in Australia
PostPosted: May 4th, 2014, 5:25 am 
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Since moving to Sydney for a postdoc 2 years ago I've been a lot busier with the demands of academia and haven't been able to herp or post as much as I would like, but I'm working on cataloging a few gigs of photos of the past year. Here are a few standouts from the past year:

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Giant Barred Frog, Mixophyes iteratus

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hatchling Diamond Python, Morelia spilota

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Stephen's Banded Snake, Hoplocephalus stephensi

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That other hoplocephalus that everyone is obsessed with, Broadheaded Snake, Hoplocephalus bungaroides

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Mustard-bellied snake, Drysdalia rhodogaster



Not a herp, but pretty cool anyway...

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Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias

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From ~25 meters underwater


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 Post subject: Re: A few finds from the past 12 months in Australia
PostPosted: May 4th, 2014, 10:51 am 
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Nice post Van! Love the elapids.

What is the story on the shark? How exactly did you photograph the underside of a Great White?


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 Post subject: Re: A few finds from the past 12 months in Australia
PostPosted: May 4th, 2014, 11:52 am 
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Very nice, Van. I really like those responsive little Mustard-bellied Snakes. They are colourful and put on a good defensive display.

The Great White would have been an incredible sight. However, I think that I would prefer to be in a good, strong cage.

I never made it out to Kanangra-Boyd. The weather was bad when I had the time so guess that I will need to wait until the next season.


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David


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PostPosted: May 4th, 2014, 4:51 pm 
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The shark was one of many seen on a trip with Rodney Fox's group out of Port Lincoln, SA- they're awesome! It was in a cage, but this was one of my few shots that by chance didn't include the cage. It was from underneath the shark because the RF team operates a cage that goes to 25 meters under the boat- everyone has their own scuba tank and the cage is suspended by a high-tensile strength cable, basically like an underwater elevator. It really gives you a completely different perspective on these amazing animals.

David- I'm sorry I haven't been more persistent in contacting you about going herping, especially since Wollongong and Sydney are so close. Most of my trips outside of official collecting have been pretty spur of the moment. We should try to set something up in the spring!

Van


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PostPosted: May 5th, 2014, 12:40 pm 
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That shark has seen some battles!


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