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 Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"

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Graeme Skinner
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PostSubject: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Tue 2 Mar - 23:55

I have been monitoring a number of sites since the 1970's and always look forward to February or March each year. the date at which our native Vipera berus males emerge from the winter slumber varies with our strange UK climate. This year a very long (by UK standards) and cold winter across much of the UK will have a similar effect upon the emerging berus.

My records show my earliest male was February 11 and this year is the latest with the first onces on my sites being 1 March.

In Scotland where they have had a record cold year it will be later.

The sites I look at are all upland heath and moor and very exposed and in many ways unlike other midland and southern English sites.

None of the hibernacula have high densities of berus which are typically reported in other areas and countries.

I've never seen more than three and typically single animals only.

These snakes would appear to be vulnerable from low densities and interference from Gamekeepers who often kill them.

I always keep the sites a secret and try to keep a low profile whilst out either photographing or videoing them.

In addition I try to keep interaction to the minimum and these snakes basking at this time of year are in my view best left alone.

Anyway here a re few early season images that I hope some of you will enjoy.

Typical habitat on the North Yorkshire Moors (last week)




This week most of the snow has gone


First male on one of my study sites


Second male basking


The sun came out


A different site


Where he was found (centre of image on south facing slope)


Third site








From Last year


Hope you enjoyed the images.
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 0:07

Wounderful!!!
Hope it starts here soon too!
Thanks for share!

Cheers Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 0:28

An excellent series of photographs, Mr. Skinner; enhanced by the field notes. Always good to see live, wild, in situ specimens that have been observed but not disturbed unnecessarily. Thanks for posting this. Sincerely, Jon Davidson .
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 0:38

Thank you Graeme,

that makes me looking forward even more to meeting "my" snakes again. But here it will take more time. Though the first V. berus bosniensis have been out in Croatia already, it will take about another month until V. ammodytes will appear.

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 1:14

Jon Davidson wrote:
An excellent series of photographs, Mr. Skinner; enhanced by the field notes. Always good to see live, wild, in situ specimens that have been observed but not disturbed unnecessarily. Thanks for posting this. Sincerely, Jon Davidson .

Jon,

Many thanks for your commnets. I'll be post a good number this year and will try to do more of the field notes

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 1:15

Rainer Fesser wrote:
Thank you Graeme,

that makes me looking forward even more to meeting "my" snakes again. But here it will take more time. Though the first V. berus bosniensis have been out in Croatia already, it will take about another month until V. ammodytes will appear.

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Rainer,

Many thanks and keep up your good work.

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 2:25

Very, very nice! I feel so restless now, but theres nothing I can do- no spring yet here....
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 2:52

Peeter Põldsam wrote:
Very, very nice! I feel so restless now, but theres nothing I can do- no spring yet here....

Hi Peeter, hope it warms up for you soon!

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Graeme & Julie
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 4:59

Heh, it was snowing again today and turned again to minus...
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 13:26

Thankyou Graeme, Very stunning pictures. Congratulations!

I'm going to try and get out myself next week. Will post pictures of anything I find, however I'll be specifically looking for Natrix natrix and Vipera berus, a couple of Amphibians will be good, also!
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Wed 3 Mar - 16:04

Very nice ! Thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Thu 4 Mar - 6:29

Stunning pictures as always! I know we have talked about it in the past but I really must find some time to join you when out looking for Adders.
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Fri 5 Mar - 16:22

Paul Rowley wrote:
Stunning pictures as always! I know we have talked about it in the past but I really must find some time to join you when out looking for Adders.

Thanks Paul, here is a new one just for you, a male just freshly out of the ground and very grubby!

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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Fri 5 Mar - 21:53

Thanks Mate!
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Fri 5 Mar - 23:34

Can anyone see the photographic technique used on this photo?
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Sun 7 Mar - 0:37

Graeme Skinner wrote:
Can anyone see the photographic technique used on this photo?

Yes....Would I be correct in saying the camera was mainly focussed on the eye, with the rest of the snake in the "background" ??
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Sun 7 Mar - 17:45

James Mintram wrote:
Graeme Skinner wrote:
Can anyone see the photographic technique used on this photo?

Yes....Would I be correct in saying the camera was mainly focussed on the eye, with the rest of the snake in the "background" ??

No way off James
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Sun 7 Mar - 18:45

Wow, stunning pitcures and really intresting data m8.
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Sun 7 Mar - 18:45

Graeme Skinner wrote:
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Graeme Skinner wrote:
Can anyone see the photographic technique used on this photo?

Yes....Would I be correct in saying the camera was mainly focussed on the eye, with the rest of the snake in the "background" ??

No way off James

What technique did you use then? - I want to get into Photography myself, so as one day I can produce images of a similar quality standard as yours. Smile

Is there an art to it? Or do you just require a steady hand?
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PostSubject: Re: Vipera berus in the Wild "2010 season begins"   Sun 7 Mar - 19:18

James Mintram wrote:
Graeme Skinner wrote:
James Mintram wrote:
Graeme Skinner wrote:
Can anyone see the photographic technique used on this photo?

Yes....Would I be correct in saying the camera was mainly focussed on the eye, with the rest of the snake in the "background" ??

No way off James

What technique did you use then? - I want to get into Photography myself, so as one day I can produce images of a similar quality standard as yours. Smile

Is there an art to it? Or do you just require a steady hand?

Its like most other thing in life, experience is probably the key element.

The photgraphic technique used on that particular image isnt one I normally use for wildlife.

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