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Cuba 2012
June 8, 2012
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Some pics from my recent trip. :)

Beach at the hotel, Varadero, and Gambusia rhizophorae in a nearby lagoon.

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June 8, 2012
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Vicinity of Soroa, Pinar del Río province. Still unsure if the cichlids, which we failed to catch, were Nandopsis or tilapia. Plenty of poeciliids here, too. The lizard is Anolis homoloechis.

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June 8, 2012
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We walked through the jungle to a waterfall we'd been told about, at the bottom of which the net was used for the first time. Live human added for scale!

 

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June 8, 2012
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Gambusia punctata were abundant, and there was one individual with two aberrant markings on one side. Look hard for a lizard in the third pic - very cool but elusive and tricky to photograph Cuban stream anole, Anolis vermicularis. Lots of amphibian larvae here as well.008.JPGImage Enlarger

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June 8, 2012
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Very nice! Beach looks heavenly!! I'm so missing the tropics!!

June 8, 2012
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Hehe I know...got loads more, this was just the first afternoon.Smile

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June 8, 2012
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Ooh I've been waiting for this topic. Looking forward to more pictures Cool

June 9, 2012
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crackin'

 

more pics!

June 9, 2012
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Very nice Matt!! :)

June 10, 2012
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Great pics Matt! Keep them coming

June 13, 2012
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Last few from day 1. Above the waterfall there were lots of young Girardinus microdactylus and am guessing other species but it was getting dark so we retreated to our cabin. Anyone know if the egret is Egretta thula or Ardea alba?

Local beer not bad provided it's served very cold, otherwise pretty minging.

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June 13, 2012
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Don't think Great White, neck and beak not long enough. To be honest, don't think Snowy either. To me it looks juvie Cattle. Would fit with posture and location.

Really don't know about the cichlids, don't think they're Africans but neither do I look at them and think "tetracanthus".

June 13, 2012
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Ah-hah, cattle egret! It looked bigger than the ones we have here - is there more than one species?

To be honest the reason I didn't pay much attention to the cichlids is because a guy selling drinks near the waterfall told us they were tilapia - hopefully got one or two better pics to process from day 2. Also left me seine net at the hotel hence the reason we couldn't catch any - doh!Yell

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June 14, 2012
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No, all the one species if you follow the current position (depends on the author), all those from the Americas are from one race, there does appear to be some size variation. Apparent size could also be down to perspective. If it was noticeably large then Great White needs to be reconsidered, it just doesn't look from that picture like the (admittedly few) GWEs that I've seen, they are obviously true herons with long neck and bill. Any more pics?

June 15, 2012
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Just this one, any use? Pete, you would have gone nuts for the bird life here, absolutely outstanding stuff and only wish my photo skills were better. Will try to upload more over the weekend.

 

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June 15, 2012
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Cuban birds occasionally drift into my thoughts...

The picture is further confused by the fact that there is a white form of the Great Blue Heron found in Cuba, this has a thicker bill than the Great White Egret which would fit better. However it is a larger bird than our own Grey Heron, so I think that one can be ruled out.

I still think Cattle Egret based on proportions. Was it hunting in the grass when seen?

June 15, 2012
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Yes it was, the clearing pictured is actually a small camp site in the middle of a patch of jungle, but not too far from agricultural land on one side. Definitely smaller than a heron.

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June 25, 2012
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Next morning we roused ourselves early. Plenty of bird life about over breakfast but didn't manage to get good photos of most species. Here we have a red-legged thrush, Turdus plumbeus, and a silhouetted Greater Antillean Grackle, Quiscalus niger.

 

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June 25, 2012
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We decided to return to the spot where we'd seen cichlids the day before and managed to collect a few fishes a little way upstream. First got some Girardinus microdactylus adults, then G. creolus.

 

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June 25, 2012
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Random flora.

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