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 Post subject: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 10th, 2012, 8:18 pm 
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Well I've been extremely busy the last few months with work, expanding my Hognose breeding, and working on my dogs.

I haven't had time nor money to get out much, plus this funky weather has put a bit of a damper on herping up in Northern California. Luckily I have a few trips in the near future planned out.

Back in January I joined Natalie out in her neck of the woods to find a lifer that has escaped me a handful of times, California Giant Salamander.
So I took out a young prospecting herper to go find some!

California Giant Salamander (Dicaptodon ensatus)
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Danielle and I went and scoped out some spots in the inner Central Coast. Only thing we seen was this buck. Sorry taken with a 90mm macro on full frame from 200 yards...
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Natalie hit me up as she was itching to get out as was I. So I contacted Mike Westphal to go find some Northern California Yucca Night Lizards (Xantusia vigilis) among other species.
We did have luck in finding Nights, but not much else due to the cooler windy weather we had.

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Mike and Natalie photographing our find.
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Coyote that we seen on the way out.
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A parting moon shot when I got home.
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Cheers,
Chad


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 Post subject: Re: Herpings been slow.
PostPosted: March 10th, 2012, 9:05 pm 
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Pretty cool. I like the shot scenery shot with the the photogs, that terrain looks rough


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PostPosted: March 11th, 2012, 1:07 am 
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Nice Dicamp and Xantusia, dude! Great shot' of that lizard.
you need some snakes in this thread...btw, "nada zonata"


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 11th, 2012, 8:04 am 
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Nice pics! How far north do the night lizards go?


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 11th, 2012, 8:32 am 
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They are a little more work to find this year, that's for sure. I miss the Xantusia. I need to get my butt down to San BenitoCo. and gets me some.


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PostPosted: March 11th, 2012, 8:41 am 
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Me, too. Another creature I've yet to see. Very nice post, Chad. The shots of the Night Lizards are very good, as are those of the salamander. I really like that moon shot, as well.

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PostPosted: March 11th, 2012, 9:18 am 
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Good stuff, Chad. Your Xantusia pics are excellent. Really like the Moon shot. And, that Coyote is a real looker. Congrats on finding your Dicamp. too.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 26th, 2012, 10:16 pm 
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Great photog, Chad! :thumb: Was that your lifer Yucca? If so, congrats! The shot of the buck looks great!


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 26th, 2012, 11:38 pm 
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Thanks everyone! The Xantusia is from Fresno Co. At one of the furthest north populations, they only go a few miles more north.

Porter Yes this was my lifer, and the California Giant is a technical lifer as well. I just picked up a couple more lifers down south that I'll be posted later.



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Chad


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 27th, 2012, 12:01 am 
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Chad M. Lane wrote:
Porter Yes this was my lifer, and the California Giant is a technical lifer as well. I just picked up a couple more lifers down south that I'll be posted later.


Cool man, can't wait. Hopefully you got some of the things we could't find! I still need to photograph my first Dicamp... Mike told me where to go, still havent tried tho. I was gonna hook up with Dev when I went... this year has brought a lot of change into my life... haven't had much time nor $ for critter searchin. Peace to you, no hard feelins man.


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 27th, 2012, 2:36 pm 
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Very nice shots, Chad. Looks like you were using multiple flashes on that lizard. :thumb:


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PostPosted: March 27th, 2012, 6:45 pm 
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Ross yes I did. As were the salamander photos.



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Chad


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 27th, 2012, 8:14 pm 
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Now THAT is why I like this forum. Bringing to life those range maps I've been looking at for years. Great to see Xantusia from the northern end of their range and stellar to see the habitat. Great photos. Thanks.

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PostPosted: March 27th, 2012, 8:50 pm 
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[quote="yolodave"]Now THAT is why I like this forum. Bringing to life those range maps I've been looking at for years.

Me too, Dave :beer:


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 27th, 2012, 9:25 pm 
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Right on, dude, that moon shot is my desktop wallpaper for the week........


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 29th, 2012, 7:35 pm 
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Thanks everyone I really enjoy finding even the most common species in near areas, maybe even difficult areas as much if not more than finding hard to find species. I'm also not like the Kingsnake, and Rosy Boa nuts (no pun intended) I like to find all species of Native herps, and work on my photography.

My goal before I die is to find and photograph every species in California it'll take me decades and a lot of hard work, but I would love to do that.



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Chad


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: March 30th, 2012, 3:28 pm 

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Ya it's been pretty slow for me too!


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 Post subject: Re: Herping has been slow.
PostPosted: April 1st, 2012, 8:40 am 
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Chad M. Lane wrote:
I like to find all species of Native herps, and work on my photography.

Cheers,
Chad


I agree, though I need to get myself out of 'voucher mode' and take actual composed images again :D

Chad M. Lane wrote:


My goal before I die is to find and photograph every species in California it'll take me decades and a lot of hard work, but I would love to do that.


Cheers,
Chad


Pretty ambitious. That Rosy Rat will be tough, but then again, it's April Fool's Day, where anything can happen :lol: I would just like to find eveything in my county.


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