Friday, May 14, 2010

Noah J - closing in on 8 months ...

A few more recent photos of little Noah J ...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kentucky Herpetology Weekend

Returned from a weekend trip down to Kentucky for the 2010 Herpetology Weekend put on by the Kentucky State Parks (and others). Was a great time, with lots of cool herps and good company. Some photos below --- lots of operator error, so blame the photographer as the critters did their part.

My buddy Steve and I attended the speakers' sessions on Friday and Saturday night - some good info, including an interesting discussion on the status of Kentucky cottonmouth. And we were fortunate to spend much of Friday and Saturday out in the field with some local herper friends who showed us the secret hot spots --- so a big thanks to Joe, Josh, and Jeff for sharing their time and knowledge. Only thing quicker than their ID skills is their wit - like the Three Amigos, but with snake sticks. But they sure do talk funny.

And a special thanks to Jeff and Debbie (and the dogs) for the amazing hospitality at Chez Hohman. Thanks so much, y'all.

A list of critters (other than dozens of ticks) observed over the weekend includes the following, according to my notes ---

  • Snakes: (1) ring neck, (2) black rat, (3) eastern milk, (4) worm, (5) black racer, (6) garter, (7) eastern hognose, (8) black king, (9) copperhead, and (10) watersnake
  • Salamanders: (1) Marbled, (2) Spotted, (3) Streamside, (4) Four toe, (5) Slimy, (6) Longtail, (7) Two line, (8) Red-spotted newt, (9) Northern dusky, and (10) Seal
  • Turtles: (1) Eastern box turtle, and (2) Snapper

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Ohio Bird Sanctuary - April 2010

Swung up to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary (OBS) recently as part of the Mohican Wildlife Weekend. The OBS offered a session for photographers in which they station some of their resident birds in the woods surrounding their facility - a few shots below from the trip. Its a great event, with an ability to get really close to some magnificant birds. Plus the OBS staff is very friendly and cooperative. I would recommend a visit to the OBS if in the area. I believe they will be holding a similar photography session in mid-October --- could be a great time to shoot up there, especially if the timing corresponds with some good leaf color.