Morocco - april 2015

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Morocco - april 2015

Post by Thor Hakonsen » April 12th, 2015, 1:00 am

Between 02. and 09.april we were in the south-west of Morocco. We flew in from Norway to Marrakech, and used the first day to drive south to Guelmim, and the last day to drive north again.

All our trips out in the field was in the area, Assa-Guelmim-Tan Tan. As I'm not the story teller as many others here, I will just show the pictures that I got from the trip. Please feel free to ask any questions, and I will answer the if I can.

ImageAmietophrynus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Amietophrynus marutinanicus, Tighmert


ImageChalcides occelatus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageChalcides occelatus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageChalcides occelatus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Chalcides occelatus, Fask


ImageChalcides polylepis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Chalcides plylepis, between Guelmim and Tan Tan


ImageAcanthodactylus pardalis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Acanthodactylus pardalis, Tan Tan


ImageUromastyx acanthinura by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Uromastyx acanthinura, Assa


ImageAgama impalearis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Agama impalearis, Assa


ImageTropicolotes algericus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageTropicolotes algericus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Tropicolotes algericus, Aoiunet Lahna


ImageTarentola chazilae by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageTarentola chazilae by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageTarentola chazilae by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Tarentola chazilae, Tan Tan


ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Stenodactylus mauritanica, Tan Tan


ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageStenodactylus mauritanicus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Stenodactylus mauritanica, Fask


ImageRhagerhis moilensis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageRhagerhis moilensis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageRhagerhis moilensis by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Rhagheris moilensis, between Guelmim and Tan Tan


ImageSpalerosophis dolichospilus by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Spalerosophis dolichospilus, near Fask


ImagePsammophis sokhari by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImagePsammophis sokhari by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImagePsammophis sokhari by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Psammophis schokari, between Guelmim and Tan Tan


ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageBitis arietans by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Bitis arietans, Tan Tan


ImageMacrovipera mauritanica by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageMacrovipera mauritanica by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Macrovipera mauritanica, Tan Tan


ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr

ImageCerastes cerastes by Thor Hakonsen, on Flickr
Cerastes cerastes, Fask


Species list :

Amietophrynus marutinanicus
Bufotes boulengeri
Pelophylax saharicus

Mauremys leprosa

Tarentola mauritanica
Tarentola chazilae
Stenodactylus mauritanica
Tropicolotes algericus
Agama impalearis
Trapelus boehmei
Uromastyx acanthinura
Acanthodactylus pardalis
(and probably at least one more species of these..)
Chalcides polylepis
Chalcides occelatus

Spalerosophis dolichospilus
Rhagheris moilensis
Psammophis schokari
Macrovipera mauritanica
Bitis arietans
Cerastes cerastes

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by MattSullivan » April 12th, 2015, 6:19 pm

man those vipers are so nice, especially the cerastes

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by PrimitiveTim » April 15th, 2015, 7:42 pm

Dang!!! I wanna go there and find those vipers and geckos!!! Definitely gonna need to get out to N. Africa sometime in my life.

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Post by Azemiops » April 16th, 2015, 2:09 pm

Fantastic set of photos, Thor. Looks like you have a productive trip!

I head out to Morocco (Agadir-Guelmim) at the end of this month, to hopefully photograph Bitis arietans, and of coure Naja haje ;)

How hot is it out there at the moment? And we you finding most of these animals during the day, or at night?

Thanks,

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Post by Thor Hakonsen » April 17th, 2015, 10:37 pm

Azemiops wrote:Fantastic set of photos, Thor. Looks like you have a productive trip!

I head out to Morocco (Agadir-Guelmim) at the end of this month, to hopefully photograph Bitis arietans, and of coure Naja haje ;)

How hot is it out there at the moment? And we you finding most of these animals during the day, or at night?

Thanks,
The temperature varied a lot - when we arrived we had around 35 degress Celsius at daytime, but the second night we had a significant drop in temperatures and the daytime temp was around 18-20 degrees with night temps at around 12-13 degrees. This meant that no reptiles was active at night (except for some geckos) - the temp rose a bit at the end of our stay. But still rather cold nights.

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by John Delgado » April 18th, 2015, 7:47 pm

Mr. Hakonsen,

I am 59 years of age and new to field herping as of a year ago, just now learning about in situ photography.

My camera is a Nikon D80 and learning how to use it is ... well ... I'll get there :) :lol:

My wife and I are viewing your web site and we gasp at every shot.

Thank you for taking the time to post your work here at FHF ... your work is better than National Geographic, your work is astounding real life art.

And that Cereastes cerastes, fo me, is ... is ... words ...???

Thank you - jd

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by Thor Hakonsen » April 19th, 2015, 4:53 am

John Delgado wrote:Mr. Hakonsen,

I am 59 years of age and new to field herping as of a year ago, just now learning about in situ photography.

My camera is a Nikon D80 and learning how to use it is ... well ... I'll get there :) :lol:

My wife and I are viewing your web site and we gasp at every shot.

Thank you for taking the time to post your work here at FHF ... your work is better than National Geographic, your work is astounding real life art.

And that Cereastes cerastes, fo me, is ... is ... words ...???

Thank you - jd
Thank you very much John ! Much appreciated, and all the best to your photography ! Just remember to take many, many, many shots -and if you do not give up. You will get were you want !

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by peterknuteberg » April 28th, 2015, 4:43 pm

Thor, great post. Loved your photography. Nicely done. Tusen takk.

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by Muchobirdnerd » April 28th, 2015, 5:38 pm

Well done! The last one....

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » April 28th, 2015, 8:48 pm

Great set of photos, Thor! Your shallow DOF brings the faces, and in some cases only the eyes, in focus and lets them tell the story. I find it particularly nice since it lets the animals blend into the background, which is more or less the color of the animals. Is that a personal technique you developed over the years, or just one of many?

What lens did you use?

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Post by orionmystery » April 30th, 2015, 12:04 am

Great set, beautiful pics!

Love the lizards and the horned vipers!

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by LouB747 » April 30th, 2015, 1:16 am

Great pics. Love that last shot!

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Post by krisbell » May 4th, 2015, 2:22 am

Fantastic photos as always Thor - Its such a shame I missed your trip. Of course the Bitis, Macrovipera and Cerastes are superstars, but the highlights for me here are the geckos Stenodactylus (beautiful coloration) and Tarentola (looks like a puppy). Both are captured superbly in their environment.

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Post by Thor Hakonsen » May 23rd, 2015, 7:09 am

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Great set of photos, Thor! Your shallow DOF brings the faces, and in some cases only the eyes, in focus and lets them tell the story. I find it particularly nice since it lets the animals blend into the background, which is more or less the color of the animals. Is that a personal technique you developed over the years, or just one of many?

What lens did you use?
Thanks Hans, and sorry for the late reply..

I would say one of more techniques - but it is also direct caused by trying to use macro lens and natural light - and therefore usually shooting wide open aperture (more or less)

For these shots I used two cameras, the Nikon D4 with Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Macro and the Olympus E-M1 with 40-150 f/2.8 PRO

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Post by Antonsrkn » May 23rd, 2015, 8:32 am

Great shots, really enjoy your photography! Thanks for sharing with us, and like everyone else I'm now thinking how I need to get myself over to N. Africa!

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » May 25th, 2015, 9:06 pm

Thanks for the explanation, Thor!

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by Thor Hakonsen » August 3rd, 2015, 10:42 am

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Stenodactylus mauritanicus

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by Jim Wetherall » August 4th, 2015, 5:05 am

Another great set of photos, good job!
With any luck I will be heading out to North Morocco at the end of the year, if I find half of what you did I'll be happy!

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Post by Thor Hakonsen » August 4th, 2015, 8:05 am

Thanks Jim,

Going north in Morocco you will probably only find half the species we found. But you migth find some that does not occur down south where we was :)

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Re: Morocco - april 2015

Post by justinm » August 11th, 2015, 11:55 am

Epic posting. I loved the vipers couldn't stop looking at them. The Tarentola chazilae were new to me and wow, they're very cool to see.

Justin Michels

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