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Snakes, butterflies, birds and places

Posted in Concedii, Specii rare on July 29, 2016 by maxpho

Long time since my last post…

For the last two months (June-July) I’ve been very busy exploring places and finding new species, and not photographing as much as I would have liked. Nevertheless, here are some shots.

First, some shots from the Retezat Mountains:

Bucura Lake at an altitude of 2040 m:

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-A remote location with plenty of rare butterfly species:

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-The Retezat mountains in the morning, as seen from some distance:

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-The Moon and some flowers, from 2000 meters above sea level; our natural satellite doesn’t seem larger from that altitude unfortunately :). The shot is a composition from two differently focused images.

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-And an inspiring location, the Sarmizegetusa Regia capital:

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And now for some butterflies:

Apatura iris:

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Aglais urticae (a female with open wings, laying eggs, and the eggs):

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Neptis rivularis:

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Limenitis populi (with an “old” female up in a tree photographed by my wife, and a male on a dead frog; both male and female are of the form tremulae):

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And some shots from the Cheile Nerei area:

Argynnis paphia:

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Heteropterus morpheus:

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Polygonia c-album:

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Pieris napi:

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And some snakes:

Zamenis longissimus:

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-The horned viper (Vipera ammodytes ammodytes):

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And a large beetle, Carabus gigas:

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Finally, the last visited region, Dobrogea, with the superb area of the Macin mountains:

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A White Stork (Ciconia ciconia):

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A young Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo):

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Eudia (Saturnia) pavonia larva:

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And one of the most restricted butterflies of Europe, Apatura metis. Despite being restricted to a few locations in Romania, this individual was one of more than 80+ individuals flying around us in one small area near the Danube river.

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And with slightly opened wings, next to a dead frog:

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Nice way (this last species) to end the holiday (for now) 🙂

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Retezat Mountains – August 1/5, 2015

Posted in Concedii, Plimbari, Specii rare on March 30, 2016 by maxpho

The second trip of 2015 inside the Retezat National Park. The following shots span on a period of five days and present some of the butterfly species that may be found in different areas, as well as two individuals of the species Vipera berus. This trip was focused on different activities regarding insect species mostly, not so much on photography. This year (2016) it will be a little different I think…

First, some mountain views:

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And the two Vipera berus individuals:

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And the second one, perhaps the most beautiful individual of this species ever found by me (and I did find around 20 in the last few years):

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And now, for the butterflies…

Aglais urticae:

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Apatura iris:

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Apatura ilia:

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Thecla betulae:

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Nymphalis antiopa:

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Papilio machaon:

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Nymphalis polychloros:

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Minois dryas:

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Superb few days…with superb many species…

A few days in the Retezat Mountains – 2014

Posted in ASTRO, Concedii, Plimbari, Specii rare on March 6, 2015 by maxpho

Last year, in 2014, I was lucky enough to travel a few times in the Retezat National Park. The following shots depict different species of reptiles, insects and also a few targets from the night sky. The previous year saw a lot of rain, especially up to July, thus not to many days were fruitful in terms of nature or astro-photography. Nevertheless, for me at least, it was the “year of the vipers”, since in all of the three short trips there, I had the pleasure of observing a large number of individuals of the species Vipera berus, some in a now well-known nest location, while others in different places on the road back home, but still in the same general region of Romania.

I must apologize to those viewers that expect some Astronomy-related images, but sometimes (actually most of the time) I look downwards here on Earth, not in the jungles of the cities, malls and offices, but in the natural environments in which species of insects, plants, reptiles, birds are still far (for now) from the truly destructive species that is Homo sapiens sapiens.

WARNING! This is the longest post I’ve created until now; viewing all the images posted here might take a long time…it surely took me a very long time to process and comment them.

I shall start with the first trip…

June 21-25, 2014

First, some views of the landscape, and some of the sky-scape:

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And now some of the subjects for which I’ve really went to those places: the insects.

First, the “butterfly of the year” for me: Aporia crataegi. This was the first time I’ve seen this species in Nature, despite the fact that it should have been rather common.

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Another butterfly species, quite common in these places, Zygaena osterodensis, found in rather large numbers in the grass:

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Another not-so-rare species: Coenonympha arcania arcania:

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And now one of the most abundant species in that period: Aglais urticae urticae. This species was found in adult form (butterfly) but also as crisalis and even caterpillar. Many tens of individuals were observed each day, with around 40 caterpillars and crisalis found on Urtica.

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Another not-extremely rare species: Parnassius mnemosyne transsylvanica, toghether with one egg. This egg was found by my wife indirectly while photographing an adult butterfly; she observed that the individual (obviously a female) was laying her egg, and so we could both see for the first time how a Parnassius sp. egg really looks like. Look at the details, which makes this egg look a lot like a golf ball.

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Other more common butterfly species:

Pararge aegeria tircis:

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An individual of Pseudopanthera macularia:

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We’ve also observed different caterpillars (Arctiinae sp.)…

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…like this “fluffy” and lovely-colored individual from the species Arctia caja:

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Other insects and arachnids were of course around us, but not easily visible…

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…and also a lot of snails, slowly making they way towards different food sources…

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And now for the reptiles that we’ve met…starting with the lizards:

Anguis fragilis, the leg-less lizard.

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Zootoca (Lacerta) vivipara:

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Podarcis (Lacerta) muralis muralis:

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An amphibian: Salamandra salamandra.

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And a snake species: Natrix tessellata.

A large individual…

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And a very small individual:

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Now for a long series of images showing different individuals of Vipera berus berus:

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And three videos showing some of the individuals found in this period:

Second trip: July 17-21, 2014

In this trip we’ve traveled a lot in the area, in the Gura Apelor area (in the south-west part of the Retezat area) and even as far as Cheile Nerei in Caransebes.

Some views from Gura Apei:

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Beside the beautiful scenery of that region there are also a lot of interesting species of animals, like this rather small individual of Vipera berus berus:

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In the Nera Gorges (Cheile Nerei) area we found this curious individual of the species Natrix tessellata…

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…and some individuals of the species Rosalia alpina, one of (if not “the”) the most beautiful beetles in Europe:

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Back in the Cabana Soarelui – Carnic area in Retezat, where we’ve found, once again, some individuals of Vipera berus berus, but this time of a rather superb and a bit strange color (kind of greenish-red):

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And now for the insects, mostly butterflies:

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An aphid colony:

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Aglais urticae:

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Cordulegaster bidentata:

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Nymphalis antiopa antiopa:

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Apatura ilia ilia:

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Apatura iris iris:
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Melanargia galathea satnia:

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Neptis rivularis rivularis:

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The last trip: 15-17 August, 2014:

This was the last time in 2014 when we’ve visited this superb area. Unfortunately it was not a truly fruitful trip, with not so much insect or reptile species observed. Still, it was interesting to find some caterpillars preparing for transformation.

The view, as always, was a memorable one:

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First, the butterflies, in different forms:

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Despite finding several vipers, the only reptile photographed this time was one large individual of the species Anguis fragilis, the leg-less lizard.

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On the road back, near the Jiu River, we’ve stopped for a short trip and found a few scorpions of the species Euscorpius carpathicus with the young on their back:

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It was nice to see in all these trips that the observed species are doing quite well in places where humans (for now) don’t interfere too much. Nice to see also that scorpions have a rather large area of distribution, despite being found in small numbers.

Can’t wait for this year’s trips in the Retezat Mountains!

Max

P.S: Some of the species identifications were done by my uncle, who’s help is highly appreciated!

Cyprus insects and reptiles – October 4/10, 2014

Posted in Concedii on February 1, 2015 by maxpho

I’m taking a small break from the “Astro” posts and I’m presenting now some photographs with very different subjects from the ones in the Cosmos. There is an entire microcosmos at our feats, which in some ways is much more dynamic compared to the one above our heads.

While together with my wife on a one-week holiday in Cyprus, I had the pleasure to encounter some (a small part) of the insects and reptiles inhabiting this beautiful island.

Before I start with the species photographs, a few panoramas made by both of us in different regions and in different days.

Larnaca salt lake:

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On the road towards Prodromos in the Troodos Mountains:

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And the Kouris Water Reservoir:

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As you can see, Cyprus has a lot of relief, and some very good insect and reptile habitats.

And now I will start with the first reptiles observed near Larnaca, at the Salt Lake location.

One of the first lizards observed was this very fast moving individual from the species Stellagama stellio cypriaca:

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Two other species first found near Larnaca, and afterwards also in Ayia Napa and Troodos Mountains, are the following Gecko:

Cyrtopodion kotschyi:

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And the slightly larger one, Hemidactylus turcicus:

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And now for the insects near Larnaca and Ayia Napa.

The first butterfly observed, and quite a nicely-colored one, Utetheisa pulchella, a species which might also be still present in Romania.

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And another butterfly species, this one a pair of Zizeeria karsandra, found quite often in Ayia Napa, near a small pond:

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And now for the mantis of Cyprus. These unique insects are interesting whatever habitats they are living in. In Cyprus we found all of the species present, but just for some we have photographs.

The first one, Sphodromantis viridis, found both in the populated streets of Larnaca, and in the hotel room in Ayia Napa:

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I’ve also succeeded in taking a short movie (in Full HD) of this individual:

Another mantis species, Iris oratoria:

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And another HD video, of this brown form:

And besides the species Ameles heldreichi (no photos) and perhaps the endemic Ameles cyprica (might have been observed by us, but we don’t know for sure), yet another mantis species was found, something very similar (if not a local subspecies) to the european Empusa fasciata. This one also has two general forms, one almost white, while the other brownish.

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Of course, I have an full HD video of this species also:

And my wife gathered a lot of short films also, which she assembled in the following video:

Some of the food larger mantids pray on...Truxalis eximia cypria:

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And the largest of the Cyprus locusts (Anacridium  aegyptium), found in rather large numbers in Ayia Napa:

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One of the main species I’ve wanted to find in Cyprus, was Buthus occitanus, a scorpion, found in the Troodos Mountains, near Prodromos.

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And a centipede, near Ayia Napa, possibly Scolopendra cingulata:

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And since I’m posting non-insect images, a crab found near Kavo Greko:

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Again among the reptiles/amphibians, a small tree frog (Hyla savignyi), near Ayia Napa:

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And now for the best-looking species of this short trip: the common chameleon (Chamaeleo chamaeleon), found near a small pond just outside Ayia Napa. This was a small (~7.5cm long) individual, with very nice manners, and quite friendly in front of the camera, displaying color changes as it was traveling between the branches:

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Both myself and my wife had a great time for one hour with this small green animal, and of course we couldn’t take only photographs of it, so here is also a short Full HD video:

My wife also filmed this little creature, but from many more angles and with different magnification factors:

And the last photo, showing an individual of the Cyprus ibex, found in the Troodos mountains:

IMG_5259pThis trip proved to be a very fruitful one in terms of Cyprus species found in such a small period of time, proving that the island is a very good location for wildlife photography, especially from an entomologist point of view.

Despite not having found the largest European vipers (Macrovipera lebetina lebetina), some large shedded skin parts of an approximately 1 meter individual near Ayia Napa convinced us that this is a good location for vipers. This will be one of the targets for our next trip to Cyprus.

Max

(February 1th, 2015)

In cautarea lui Osmoderma eremita – 26 Iulie 2014

Posted in Concedii on August 1, 2014 by maxpho

In fauna Romaniei exista specii de nevertebrate, in special insecte, de care majoritatea populatiei nu au auzit si nici nu vor auzi prea curand. Si asta pentru ca pe locuitori ori nu ii intereseaza cadrul natural in care se afla ori speciile respective nu sunt usor observabile. Una dintre cele mai importante astfel de specii, si foarte rara in acelasi timp, este Osmoderma eremita (Scopoli 1763), un coleopter de talie medie inscris (din pacate) in lista rosie IUCN a speciilor amenintate cu disparitia.

Unul dintre motivele acestei amenintari este taierea arborilor batrani din padurile rezervatiilor naturale. Taieri ce pe langa ilegalitatea de rigoare sunt executate si intr-un mod stupid si rauvoitor, fara cunostiinta de cauza si fara alt interes in afara banilor…Astfel de cazuri am cunoscut pana acum destul de bine, insa de departe cea mai sustinuta operatiune de acest gen am intalnit-o in Padurea Comana, la sud de Bucuresti.

Un motiv al observarii foarte rare a acestui coleopter este localizarea pe/in arbori, inaltimea, orientarea si perioada de activitate.

Avand ceva informatii in legatura cu preszenta acestei specii in zona Rezervatiei Naturale Cheile Nerei (Jud. Caras-Severin) dintr-un articol scris de Florin Prunar et al., cu care am avut placerea de a schimba si cateva mesaje in legatura cu aceasta specie, am plecat cu noaptea-n cap impreuna cu sotia si fratele ei spre aceasta zona superba. Pe traseu am oprit si la celebra Cascada Bigar:

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Dupa inca o ora si jumatate am reusit sa ajungem in chei, si sa ne asezam cortul nu foarte departe de Cantonul Damian, pe traseul ce strabate cheile de la vest la est. Dupa pregatirile de rigoare am inceput cautarile.

Primele exemplare de coleoptere gasite au apartinut speciei Rosalia alpina Linnaeus, 1758, o alta specie inclusa in lista amintita mai sus:

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Dupa nu foarte mult timp de la gasirea exemplarelor de Rosalia, stand mai mult cu ochii in sus, pe la scorburile aflate in trunchiurile copacilor, observ o sclipire metalica la aproximativ 8 metrii inaltime pe trunchiul unui arbore batran. Prima impresie a fost ca gasisem un exemplar de Cermabix cerdo, umbrele ducand la simularea aspectului unui astfel de gandac-croitor. Totusi, ma gandesc sa fac si cateva fotografii cu obiectivul de 100mm plus teleconvertorul 2x, deci la o distanta focala suficient de mare pentru a-mi permite identificarea coleopterului:

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Succes !!! Exemplarul in cauza, aflat chiar la gura propriei “case” era un Osmoderma eremita.

Evident ca doream sa il fotografiem/filmam de la o distanta mai mica, astfel ca “asamblam” o unealta specifica entomologilor cautatori prin copaci, si incercam sa il convingem pe Osmoderma sa o ia in jos. Scena cuprinzand cei doi protagonisti (eu si cumnatul meu) a fost fotografiata de sotia mea (in cateva cadre, deoarece scena se intindea simtitor pe verticala):

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Dupa aproximativ o ora de chinuri, de la ruperea betelor folosite, pana la manipularea nereusita a “uneltei”, dupa cateva intrari si iesiri din casa ale exemplarului de coleopter, avem parte de un imens noroc: un gargaune (Vespa crabro) testeaza vizuina coleopterului, iar acesta, intr-un gest de aparare, isi da drumul de la acea inaltime apreciabila, fara zbor, aproape direct in palma mea. Evident, am inceput sarbatorirea evenimentului prin cateva (zeci) de fotografii si scurte filmulete:

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Fiind destul de multa umbra in zona respectiva am fost nevoit sa apelez si la flash-ul din dotare:

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Un scurt colaj de filmulete cu subiectul in cauza:

Lasandu-se deja seara ne-am intors la cort, unde am asteptat lasarea intunericului, si am plecat la o foarte scurta plimbare prin imprejurimi, pe langa peretii calcarosi.

Aici, intalnim diferite specii de carabizi…

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si multe exemplare de Euscorpius carpathicus cautandu-si prada:

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Si ceva lepidoptere, printre care si un exemplar de Lymantria monacha:

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Somnul ne copleseste la un moment dat, astfel ca scurta plimbare ia sfarsit.

A doua zi, frontul de nori ne alunga din chei, nu inainte de a mai realiza o ultima fotografie:

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Pe drumul de intoarcere ne mai oprim in zona Portile de Fier, din nou pe un drum laturalnic, unde pe langa cateva exemplare de Cerambix cerdo, gasim si o omida de Mimas tiliae:

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Un week-end superb, in ciuda drumului de intoarcere lung atat datorita aglomeratiei cat si ploilor masive…

De abia astept sa ma intorc.

Max

(1 August 2014)

Prin Retezat 26/29 Iulie 2013

Posted in ASTRO, Concedii on February 4, 2014 by maxpho

O alta expeditie din 2013. De aceasta data doar prin Retezat, mai exact zona Nucsoara-Carnic dar si ceva mai sus, pe la lacul Bucura.

Cum ne facusem obiceiul sa ajungem noaptea in zona Nucsoara, pe drumul dinspre Bucuresti am avut placerea de a observa apusul Soarelui, intr-un peisaj mai putin intalnit pentru noi.

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Inca din primele minute ale celei de a doua zi, nevertebratele erau observabile peste tot.

Apatura iris:

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Nymphalis antiopa:

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Insa specia cu care ne-am ocupat o mare parte din timp a fost Vipera berus, deci o reptila, cu un prim exemplar de dimensiunii medii, foarte agresiv, gasit pe marginea potecii:

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Si un mic film (Full HD) cu acest exemplar. La minutul 1:15 se observa si o “lovitura-fulgeratoare”.

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La putina vreme de la gasirea primului exemplar de Vipera berus, si la doar cateva zeci de metrii departare, am gasit un alt individ, de aceasta data un juvenil. Foarte simpatic, si cam la fel de agresiv. Insa la dimensiunea lui (ce poate fi estimata din prima fotografie la aproximativ 23 de centimetrii lungime) avea toate motivele sa fie agresiv…

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Si pentru cei carora le plac viperele, un mic Wallpaper/Fundal:

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In cea de a treia zi, chiar de ziua mea de nastere, am tulit-o spre Lacul Bucura, insa pe un traseu oarecum ocolitor, cu masina pana in Poiana Pelegii, si de acolo cu “pejosul”.

Evident ca mai opream din cand in cand, sa admiram peisajul, atat terestru cat si…ceresc:

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Pe drumul de masina, scaldandu-se in lumina Soarelui, intalnim diferite specii de fluturi, cum ar fi Limenitis camilla:

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Traseul din Poiana Pelegii spre Lacul Bucura ne oferea privelisti dintre cele mai frumoase:

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Si o prima panorama:

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O a doua, in care se observa si lacul Lia:

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Intr-un final ajungem si la Lacul Bucura. De pe ultima bucata de drum se vedea si Lacul Ana:

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Urmeaza alte panorame realizate de pe malul lacului Bucura, unele destul de mari ca rezolutie, ceea ce inseamna ca o sa dureze ceva incarcarea completa…

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Un scurt film (din nou Full HD) realizat pe marginea lacului poate fi gasit aici.

In a patra zi, o ultima plimbare pe drumul spre Cabana Pietrele (insa nu chiar pana la cabana…). Din nou, o multime de fluturi.

Apatura iris, doua exemplare hranindu-se cu mineralele de pe fatetele inferioare ale unor bolovani:

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Ultimile doua fotografii de mai sus sunt compozitii din cate doua imagini cu plane diferite de focalizare, pentru a surprinde clar ambele exemplare.

Si o specie “ceva” mai rar intalnita, si foarte greu “fotografiabila”, Nymphalis vaualbum:

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Un alt nevertebrat…la panda:

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Si din nou (cum altfel) un exemplar de Vipera berus…in acelasi loc unde am mai tot gasit exemplare inca din 2011. In 2013 in cele trei excursii prin Retezat, am gasit de fiecare data cate un exemplar in acelasi loc. Lucru ce m-a facut sa ma uit putin prin fotografii. Ce am “descoperit” o sa fie prezentat dupa aceasta serie de fotografii ale viperei…

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Si acum “descoperirea”. Ei bine, in anii precedenti am avut impresia ca exemplarul pe care il gaseam de fiecare data in acelasi loc (ca si acest exemplar, tot in acelasi loc gasit) este de fapt acelasi individ. Ei bine, despre acel exemplar am avut dreptate.

Si culmea, si despre acest exemplar (diferit fata de cel din anii precedenti) am avut o impresie asemanatoare in 2013, in fiecare dintre expeditii (pe 12 si 29 Iulie si respectiv 10 August) gasind un exemplar rosiatic in acelasi loc (intr-o zona de 2 metrii patrati).

Norocul a facut ca fotografiile “portret” pe care le tot fac la vipere sa fie si folositoare in acest caz, surprinzandu-i detalii de interes pentru identificare exemplarului.

In imaginea de mai jos se observa cele trei imagini realizate in fiecare dintre cele trei perioade, cu detalii ale solzilor din jurul ochiului stang. De mentionat ca morfologia solzilor din zona capului (si din observatii proprii, in special din zona ochilor) este diferita de la individ la individ. O parte dintre solzii folositi la identificare sunt marcati in imagini prin puncte portocalii. Se observa clar acelasi model si forma, chiar daca imaginea de pe 29 Iulie este realizata dintr-un unghi putin diferit, iar exemplarul naparlea.

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Cu “dovada in mana”, acum pot sa afirm ca este acelasi exemplar, ce pe 12 Iulie avea o coloratura puternic rosiatica, pe 29 Iulie se afla in proces de naparlire, iar pe 10 August coloratura noua avea o tenta putin mai inchisa, roscat-maroniu.

Frumos pentru mine sa imi dau seama ca exemplarul respectiv este unul “la casa lui”, insa nu asa frumos pentru el cand o sa ma revada in 2014…”Iar a venit asta cu pozele lui….” (gandi vipera oripilata).

Si la final postez si fotografiile cu subiecte ceresti, realizate in cateva dintre frumoasele noptile senine de care am avut parte. Imaginile au fost realizate cu o luneta TS APO 65Q (D=65mm, F=420mm) si Canon 550D in focar, ambele pe montura NEQ 6 si ghidaj via PHD prin cautator de 50mm diam.

Roiul globular M 22:

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(10 cadre la ISO 1600 si 3200, T.exp.total=41 minute)

Si un detaliu alb-negru:

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Roiul deschis M 11:

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(17 cadre la ISO 1600. T.exp.total= 1 ora 24 minute)

Nebuloasele M 8 si M 20:

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(18 cadre la ISO 1600. T.exp.total=  1 ora si 24 minute)

Un alt concediu scurt, insa plin. Exact asa cum trebuie sa fie…sau poate mai bine luuung si plin.

Poate in 2014…

Max

(4 Februarie 2014)

Nera-Retezat-Buila – 9/11 August 2013

Posted in Concedii, Specii rare on February 2, 2014 by maxpho

Vad ca afara nu avem parte momentan de o vreme prielnica plimbarilor si nici observarii Naturii pentru cei interesati de asa ceva, asa ca m-am apucat incet-incet sa rascolesc prin miile de fotografii realizate anul trecut si am inceput sa le prelucrez pe cele cu subiecte “wild”.

Acum a venit randul fotografiilor realizate cu ocazia unei plimbari prin tara, prin Muntii Retezat, Cheile Nerei si Buila-Vanturarita.

Prima zi de umblat am petrecut-o prin Cheile Nerei. In aceasta superba locatie nu am mai fost decat o singura data in 2012, si am ramas impresionat de gradul de pastrare al locului, cu trasee de-alungul apei ce iti schimba privelistea nu doar o data in cursul parcurgerii lor…

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Evident ca si de aceasta data am avut ca tinte cateva dintre insectele si animalele specifice zonei.

Subiectii principali ai zilei au fost trei exemplare de vipera-cu-corn (V. ammodytes ammodytes), dintre care unul juvenil, unul adult de dimensiuni medii, si un imens exemplar din pacate grav lovit. Doar in cazul juvenilului si exemplarului “gigant” am reusit sa realizez si fotografii.

Incep cu juvenilul:

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Si acum exemplarul “gigant” de vipera, cel mai mai mare exemplar de vipera din orice specie gasit de mine pana acum. Din pacate o mare parte din corpul sau era in stare destul de grava, fiind ori victima unui turist cu inexistente cunostiinte despre Natura (ori pur si simplu idiot) ori a unui animal…

Cert este ca a supravietuit, iar in momentul fotografierii exemplarul se afla in proces de naparlire.

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Pe tot traseul prin chei, cele mai intalnite nevertebrate erau fluturii, cu exemplare de Catocala sp zburand de pe trunchiurile copacilor ori de pe stancile de pe marginea drumului:

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Un album cu fotografiile din acea zi ale sotiei se poate gasi aici.

In a doua zi am decis sa zabovim prin Muntii Retezat, zona Nucsoara-Carnic.

Aici am gasit o explozie de viata, cu zeci de fluturi batandu-se pe locurile cele mai bune de pe florile ciulinilor…

Una dintre aceste specii era si Iphiclides podalirius:

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O alta specie, mai putin comuna, Kanetisa circe:

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Dintre coleoptere, cel mai frumos poate (un pic de subiectivism nu strica), Aromia moschata, cu zeci de exemplare aflate in perioada imperecherii pe cateva tufe de boz.

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Un alt subiect, de aceasta data un reptilian, ne-a acaparat atentia pentru mult timp. Un exemplar adult de Vipera Berus:

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Am realizat si cateva filmari (Full HD) ale acestui superb exemplar:

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In cea de a treia zi, pe drumul de intoarcere dinspre Petrosani, pe malul raului Jiu, am mai gasit un reptilian, un juvenil din specia Natrix tessellata:

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O animatie din doar doua cadre ce surprinde deplasarea ochiului; semn ca aceasta specie este un bun pescar (specia hranindu-se preponderent cu pesti):

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Tot pe drumul de intoarcere ne oprim si in Targu-Jiu, unde admiram coloana infinita:

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Si cativa nori cu irizatii pe langa ea…

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Ultima oprire pe ziua respectiva: rezervatia Buila-Vanturarita. Zona o vizitam pentru prima data, insa impresia lasata ne face deja sa planificam o intoarcere in 2014. Din pacate nu am putut sta prea mult prin zona, insa cateva serpentine tot am urcat. De aici am avut parte de o priveliste de neuitat.

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Una dintre speciile de nevertebrate intalnite (sau mai degraba cautate si gasite) a fost Euscorpius carpathicus:

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Am avut placerea de a gasi si o femela ce tocmai isi trimitea puii “la plimbare”:

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Unul dintre pui insa vroia sa mai stea aproape de mama o perioada…

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Ei bine, cam astea au fost fotografiile cat de cat mai reusite din acel scurt concediu.

Sper ca si anul acesta (2014) sa mai vizitam aceste inca-superbe rezervatii naturale.

Max

(1 Februarie 2014)