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Reptile Guide to the UAE and Oman

The following is a summary report of three trips to the UAE and Oman in 2013. I had hoped to return again this year but that now seems unlikely. Last year, I was fortunate to be able to break work trips home from Spain with stops in Dubai. I used holiday time to explore these interesting countries f...
by moloch
Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Reptile Guide to the UAE and Oman
Replies: 7
Views: 2229

Re: Photos from a trip to the Red Centre

Thanks very much, guys. Mamba, I use a Canon 7D with several lenses: Canon 50mm (habitat), Canon 100mm macro (herp shots at night), Tamron 180mm macro (butterflies and day herps) and a Sigma 10x20mm wide angle lens for habitats. Bushviper, The number of herps was disappointing. I enjoyed the trip bu...
by moloch
Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:01 pm
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Photos from a trip to the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 1994

Photos from a trip to the Red Centre

Over the Christmas break, I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to the Red Centre. It is a place that I've wanted to see for many years but never could find the time to get out there. Australia is a big place and the drive to the middle of the continent is a big one from the east coast. I left ...
by moloch
Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:53 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Photos from a trip to the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 1994

Re: Lake Eyre Basin, Central-Western Queensland, Nov 2012

Thanks very much, everyone. Westley, I hope to visit South Africa sometime in the next couple of years and see some of your reptiles as well. Some of the lizards are so colourful or unusual and I would love to try to photograph these. Of course, the snakes are pretty incredible, too, and many are mu...
by moloch
Sat Dec 01, 2012 11:23 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Lake Eyre Basin, Central-Western Queensland, Nov 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2768

Re: Lake Eyre Basin, Central-Western Queensland, Nov 2012

Thanks for the comments. rvanhuyssteen, some of the pygopodids are fossorial but I don't believe that Pygopus are. I think that they live and hunt in the clumps of spinifex in this part of Australia. Here are a few shots that I took while in transit. Windorah is an 18 hour drive from Wollongong so I...
by moloch
Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:18 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Lake Eyre Basin, Central-Western Queensland, Nov 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2768

Lake Eyre Basin, Central-Western Queensland, Nov 2012

I recently had a week break from work so decided to visit a couple of my favourite areas in the eastern deserts. The first destination was the Lake Eyre Basin near Winton in central western Queensland. This is one of the relatively close places for me to herp but it was a 26 hour drive from my home....
by moloch
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:26 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Lake Eyre Basin, Central-Western Queensland, Nov 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 2768

Re: Trip to Costa Rica, August 2012

Thanks very much, everyone. I appreciate the feedback. I will continue next with photos of Rara Avia, a magical place located at about 700m elevation on the same watershed as La Selva. It is situated on the boundary of Braulio Carillo NP, a huge preserve that is not open to the public. Rara Avis is ...
by moloch
Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Trip to Costa Rica, August 2012
Replies: 5
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Trip to Costa Rica, August 2012

In August, I spent 12 days in Costa Rica with a couple of friends. It was fantastic to see this lovely country again and see the changes that have occurred since my student days in 1980. Eco-tourism has been highly successful and there were lodges and infrastructure all over the areas that we visite...
by moloch
Sat Sep 08, 2012 3:52 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Trip to Costa Rica, August 2012
Replies: 5
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Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

Here is the final installment of my report. Elsewhere, I was asked about why the Asian butterflies usually land with closed rather than open wings. It does seem that the Asian butterflies tend to keep their wings closed for much of the time. Early morning is the best time to catch them with open win...
by moloch
Tue May 01, 2012 12:07 pm
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

Our month-long trip to Malaysia actually began with a week at Taman Negara. Taman Negara is such a wonderful park with an extensive trail system and wilderness areas. I've seen a large number of birds here over the years and I wanted to show my friends some of these. However, this year birding and w...
by moloch
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:41 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

After Kuching, my friends and I headed over to Permai Beach Resort also near Kuching. This is the site where Hans Jr. almost stepped on a 16' Reticulated Python. We hoped to do the same but alas, did not see a snake. I did find an interesting turtle though and have photos below. Permai was a pretty ...
by moloch
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:36 pm
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

Thanks, MrG. Too bad that reptiles are so difficult. I have more mixed in this and subsequent posts but finding reptiles in the Malaysian rainforests is not easy. We visited Sarawak for five nights before returning to the peninsula. We split our stay between Kubah NP (3 nights) and Permai Beach Reso...
by moloch
Sat Apr 21, 2012 3:15 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

My friends and I headed to Sabah after our stay at Taman Negara. We spent about 8 days in the the Mt. Kinabalu area. We stayed at the Kinabalu Pine Resort in Kundasang which turned out to be quite nice and well situated. From the resort, it was a short drive to the Kinabalu NP headquarters, about a ...
by moloch
Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:24 pm
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

I thought that I would add these shots from Kuala Lumpur and a nearby area before moving to other sites. Last June, I was fortuante to participate on a butterfly survey of the Maliau Basin in Sabah. I met a number of Malaysian and Singaporean photographers. Two of the guys, Derrick and Kurt, live in...
by moloch
Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:17 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012

Thanks, everyone, for the comments. Fraser's Hill is a beautiful place. I forgot to post photos of what I think to be a Speckle-bellied Keelback ( Rhabdophis chrysargus ) that I found near Jeriau Falls. It was hunting along the creek so I imagine that it was looking for frogs. http://i31.photobucket...
by moloch
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:31 am
 
Forum: Exotic reptile observation records
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report - March 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 3789
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