Herp trip to Western NSW

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  1. richoman_3

    richoman_3 Very Well-Known Member

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    me and a chicken made our way to Mungo National Park last week.


    Sitting in the car on the way got boring so we decided to open the windows and jump out in bendigo.
    With perfect landing we stumbled across this disgusting creature.

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    Thick Tailed Gecko (Underwoodisaurus milii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    We stayed the first night in Hattah. As soon as dusk hit billions of beaded geckos started running around, after missing a few delma australis earlier in the day this lifted our spirits a bit.

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    Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Beaded Gecko (Lucasium damaeum) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Slowly we arrived at MUNGO, we enjoyed some of the scenery

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    Mungo National Park by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Mungo National Park by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Mungo National Park by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Than we got into some real herping,
    as you can tell by this photo

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    Bynoes gecko (Heteronotia binoei) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    And things didnt change that night, we were on fire cleaning up 2 of australias best geckos that day

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    Tree Dtella (Gehyra variegata) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Tree Dtella (Gehyra variegata) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Tree Dtella (Gehyra variegata) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    The next day was much better!
    The sun shone and dragons and skinks started to run around everywhere, much to mine and the chickens delight.
    But catching them throughout the spinifex and thorny bushes was not fun!

    Painted Dragons were common and cool!

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    Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Mallee Dragons stuck to the spinifex and were absolute pains to catch!

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    Mallee Dragon (Ctenophorus fordi) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Mallee Dragon (Ctenophorus fordi) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Disgusting ctenotus

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    Regius Skink (Ctenotus regius) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Barred Wedgesnout Ctenotus (Ctenotus schomburgkii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Barred Wedgesnout Ctenotus (Ctenotus schomburgkii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    This little central beardie was pretty cute i must admit....

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    Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Tree skinks poked their heads out of the cracks and slowly made their way out to bask.
    Crept up on this one

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    Tree Skink (Egernia striolata) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Than all of sudden, i was chasing a painted dragon, when i felt i was not alone
    Turning around revealed this beauty on a fence post

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    Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr

    After some hard times, we became besties

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    Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Someone saw our love and got a bit jealous

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    Urodacus sp. by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    At night we made a long walk from our campground to spinifex, as soon as we stepped on the road we found a tiny excuse for a gecko, 2 hours later that is still all we had found -.-


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    Eastern Beaked Gecko (Rhynchoedura ormsbyi) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr
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    Eastern Beaked Gecko (Rhynchoedura ormsbyi) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    We got up early to leave, but everyone knows its not worth driving 10 hours without seeing a cryptoblepharus, so we made that count!

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    Inland Snake Eyed Skink (Cryptoblepharus australis) by Nick Volpe, on Flickr


    Than we hit the road back home, with a few interruptions

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    Mungo National Park by Nick Volpe, on Flickr



    Hope you enjoy,
    and please dont point out that we didnt find any snakes!
     
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    animal805 Well-Known Member

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    Love the pics, thanks for sharing
     
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    Where's the snakes Nick? :)
     
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    Bananapeel Very Well-Known Member

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    More importantly, where's the one of chicken in a tree?!
    Stunning shots Nick.
     
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    damn beautiful shots
    that national park would be awesome to explore
     
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    Rob Super Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL. Awesome pics as usual !
     
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    That Goanna took some catching, YW

    Great pics nick, i didnt get any good scenery pics.
     
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    Nice man! I like the the first tree dtella shot!
     
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    Nice shots, the first full body of the Lucasium is good, and the Tree Skink is pretty great to. Is that Lucasium headshot sharpened/oversharpened?
     
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    Thanks everyone :D

    Stephen i just cropped that coz it looked funny :p !
     
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    Amazing Photos Nick and James !!!!
     
  12. richoman_3

    richoman_3 Very Well-Known Member

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    thanks zach :)
    pfffft james doesnt even own a camera :p
     
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