Some recent Australian highlights

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  1. Jazzz

    Jazzz Well-Known Member

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    Myself and my partner have been on a few herping trips lately and I thought id put up a few of the highlights.

    I'll start with the local stuff. I've just done a couple of pretty dismal nights herping around Brisbane so far.

    As there isn't too much to find I've been able to experiment with some astrophotography a bit. Here's a perons tree frog with star trails behind, a lengthy exposure that I would only recommend if you have a good TV series to watch or a book to read.

    [​IMG]Perons Tree Frog by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    There has been a couple of snakes out though! I finally found a Bandy Bandy, a common species that has eluded me up until now. They have the unique defence mechanism of 'looping up' which I didn't get a photo of of course.

    [​IMG]Bandy bandy by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    The laughing tree frogs are all starting to come out in force as well! Perons and tyleri can both be easily found, and definitely heard...

    [​IMG]Tylers Tree Frog by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Perons Tree Frog by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    That's all I've photographed in Brissy so far! I'm sure there will be more to come

    A few weeks earlier though we headed out to Darwin for a few days, I hadn't seen a frilly before so I was stoked to find this little guy chilling on a fence.

    [​IMG]Juvenile frill neck lizard by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Juvinile frill necked lizard by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    From Darwin we headed out to kununarra where we found this gorgeous Olive out hunting in a rock crevice.

    I've been wanting to experiment with astrophotography for a while now so was happy to get the chance.

    [​IMG]An olive python from west kimberley by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    In the morning we found another individual out basking.

    [​IMG]Olive Python in habitat by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    I also had the opportunity to photograph my first golden tree. A stinky stinky experience as always.

    [​IMG]golden tree snake by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    On this trip we also found a few more snakes, northern small eyed, olive whip and water python plus a few geckos including a northern beaked. However, the highlight was definitely finding my first small monitors, a primordius and a baritji. We were lucky enough to find these both emerging from burrows under rocks to bask in the afternoon sun.

    [​IMG]varanus primordius by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    [​IMG]varanus baritji by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    I'm also a frog lover so here's a few common species we found along the way.

    [​IMG]Litoria rothii by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    I love the diversity of colour in this species.

    [​IMG]Litoria rothii by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    These guys were wedged into rock crevices. You could find 10-20 at a time during the day and at night the ground was covered in them! Heaven for me

    [​IMG]Litoria coplandi by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    An unusually pretty gtf

    [​IMG]Green tree frog by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    The sky's were just gorgeous out in East Kimberley, I couldn't help but try (unsuccessfully) to capture it.

    [​IMG]Katherine, NT by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    A few weeks after we got back from Darwin we decided to head out west a little bit into the Brigalow (we live in brissy) for my bday. As it was still a little cold and there hadn't been much rain we weren't expecting a great deal. I was pleasantly surprised with our haul and I managed to get a few new species!

    We nicknamed this fatty 'Pokemon frog' he's actually a desert spadefoot toad, a new species.

    [​IMG]Common Spade Foot Toad by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    We also found a single ornate burrowing frog out a little early.

    [​IMG]Ornate Burrowing Frog by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    After frogging for a bit we managed to find this golden tailed gecko, a new species and genus for me. I was pretty damn happy with this!

    [​IMG]Golden Tailed Gecko by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Golden Tailed Gecko by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    The next night we found at least 10 of my second species for the genus, a Williamsi. All of the strophurus are just stunning.

    [​IMG]Eastern Spiny Tailed Gecko by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    We found a fair few of these adorable steindachneri on the road as well. This little cutie sat up for me and wagged his tail for the camera.

    [​IMG]Box Patterned Gecko by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    We only found a couple of snakes, a curl, furina and a dwyers. I only bothered to photograph the dwyers as it was a new species. There must have been a little rain as there were fields covered in these gorgeous purple wild flowers.

    [​IMG]Dwyers Snake by jasmine_vink, on Flickr

    That's all the Aussie herps for the season so far. It's only just starting to warm up though so the list should get longer in the coming weeks!
     
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    nice work Jasmine
     
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    You take some bloody epic photos .... teach the asian!
     
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    I notice you seem to have some weird artifacting going on with some of the Night/Astro shots. Might want to check the RAW files and see if they have the same issue.
     
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    Thanks guys!

    Haha richoman im trying :p

    I cant see it Lachie? It may be from the compression but i cant see anything on the RAW...
     
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    These are the bits that stand out the most to me. It could be due to compression, but I'm not sure. It looks to me like dead/hot pixels.
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    Oh yeah I can see it, I'll easily be able to fix that up. Thanks :)
     
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