Herping north of coffs harbour

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  1. jordanmulder

    jordanmulder Well-Known Member

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    Ok so I went herping with Stephen around Coffs harbour and north of it. I had a great time and found many new species which pleased me. The last few shots are from around the hunter valley after we came back. The quality of my shots will vary because I was borrowing different equipment at different times.
    Enjoy.

    The first night we saw...
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    Saltuarius moritzi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

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    Saltuarius moritzi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    We also saw a very big Brown tree snake.
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    Boiga irregularis by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

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    Boiga irregularis by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

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    Boiga irregularis by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    During the same night Stephen spotted this stunning rosei. (Crap pictures of it)
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    Saproscincus rosei by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Saproscincus rosei by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Murray's skinks were common through out the trip.
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    Eulamprus murrayi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Eulamprus murrayi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Eulamprus murrayi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Barrington's tree frog were one of the most abundant frog on the trip. Their was in particular this one pretty individual.
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    litoria barringtonensis by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    litoria barringtonensis by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    litoria barringtonensis by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Followed closely by M.balbus
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    Mixophyes balbus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Mixophyes balbus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Mixophyes balbus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Eulamprus heatwolei
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    Eulamprus heatwolei by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Night drives produced a few species. The most abundant being dwarf crowned snakes.
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    Cacophis krefftii by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Cacophis krefftii by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Golden crowned snakes (I was particularly happy to see these!)
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    Cacophis squamulosus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    These massive frogs (don't like these shots)
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    Mixophyes iteratus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    S.spectabilis were not uncommon during the day.
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    Stephen managed to find only one of this beautiful frog.
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    Litoria subgladulosa by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Pouched frogs were everywhere across the rainforest floor but were difficult to locate due to their size.
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    We also found this cool skink.
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    Calyptotis scutirostrum by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    And perhaps probably one of the best finds of the trip!
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    Philoria pughi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Philoria pughi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Philoria pughi by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    Back in Newcastle we found Carlia vivax (which I am not able to upload due to some problems)

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    Anomalpus swansoni by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr

    And some wood geckos

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    Diplodactylus vittatus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Diplodactylus vittatus by Jordan_Mulder, on Flickr
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    Stephen will add his photo's shortly too.
    Any criticism on the photo's is appreciated.
    thanks,
    Jordan
     
  2. Smithers

    Smithers Very Well-Known Member

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    Awesome, Thanks for posting
     
  3. caliherp

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    Great photos, that's a lot of species for one day. Well done.
     
  4. damian83

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    unreal mate, well done, have to make it up north a little further come out here, i havent really had time to go out but could make time.......
    love the golden crown
     
  5. vicherps

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    Great finds and photos well done.
     
  6. GeckPhotographer

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    Jordan those D.vittatus shots are really really really good :p The second and third Diplo shot are my favourites, however one of them seems to look similar to one you showed me.... you took that one within the first 2 minutes ;)

    This was over a week, it's a very small amount of species for a week since we were in the rainforest and it was cold.

    Some of my pictures from the same 2 trips as Jordan’s. Arranged in order that the animals were found. Enjoy :).

    Brown Tree Snake
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    Boiga irregularis by Stephen Mahony, on Flickr

    Moritz' Leaf-tailed Gecko
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    Red-tailed Gully Skink
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    Yellow Bellied Water Skink
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    Rainforest Cool Skink
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    Dwarf Crowned Snake
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    Golden Crowned Snake
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    Cacophis squamulosus by Stephen Mahony, on Flickr

    Hip-pocket Frog
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    Stuttering Frog
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    New England Tree Frog
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    Pugh's Mountain Frog
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    Scute-snouted Calyptotis
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    Lively Rainbow Skink
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    Carlia vivax by Stephen Mahony, on Flickr

    Punctate Worm-skink
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  7. thomasssss

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    nice shots guys , where abouts around coffs did you find the golden crown ? just curious as i live just outside of coffs and ive only ever seen one
     
  8. Reptilez123

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    Amazing camera and pics
     
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    Coffs as a label means somewhere in the general 100km radius around the Coffs area. I don't like giving out localities. For such a common snake I shouldn't have to either, just road cruise any rainforest around coffs I've seen them in at least 3-4 of the parks in that area over the years.
     
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    no worries :D ill find one on my own ;)
     
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    GeckPhotographer Very Well-Known Member

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    If I'm back in Coff's any time I wouldn't mind going for a cruise with you and seeing if we can manage to find one, as I say, lots of places there to explore.
     
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    Good work guys, without the good closeup shots the real intricacy of the herps would not be seen or appreciated. Golden crowns are a prime example of what i mean, they are so patterned.
     
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    The underbelly of the golden crowns look so pretty
     
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    Yeah they are one of the best patterned snakes, yet to find one and handle it you dont get to appreciate it because they are so small. The frogs are the same. Although it may be that I am getting old and losing my sight!
     
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    yes there is :) most of the time when i go out bush its normally around the corindi area so not much rainforesty habitat pretty dry probably why i dont see them often
     
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    amazing photos guys !!!
    those philoria are stunning !
     
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    Wow, Stephen and Jordan,

    You guys turned up a whole stack of interesting species. I really liked the shots of the Philoria pughi, in particular. I don't recall seeing photos of this lovely frog before. Great trip and photos!

    Regards,
    David
     
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    Like the shots guys.

    Jordan any reason you photo shop out the catch lights (on most on the shots) from the eyes? To me it flattens the image focal point

    Cheers,
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    I did on some. I messed up the Balbus shots badly the rest are fine I think (I was tired, in a rush and it was late at night, also not paying attention when I posted the thread:oops:), on some I was using a ring flash and it was so obvious... In which ones are you referring too that you think are not so good? Thanks for sharing your opinion... I appreciate the criticism.
     
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    cool pictures guys
     
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