Turtles of the World: A Guide To Every Family–A Book Review by a Turtle Lover

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Still, I had no idea that there are more than 350 species of turtles, tortoises, and terrapins currently existing around the world, or that there is a record of extinction of over 700 species. Or that tortoises and terrapins are considered part of the turtle family.

Turtles of Brigantine

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Finally, the turtle species that I saw more than any other, the one that is in the “Turtle Crossing&# picture above, the Northern Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin terrapin. As I may have mentioned before , I have been spending an occasional hour or so doing the auto loop at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, better known as Brigantine. One of the amazing aspects of Brigantine in late spring is the sheer volume of turtles one can encounter.

Photos from the Auto Loop at Brigantine

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Without further ado here are some of my recent shots from Brigantine… Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus Osprey Pandion haliaetus Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Black-crowned Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax Common Tern Sterna hirundo Diamondback Terrapin Malaclemys terrapin Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus … a.

A River Runs Through It

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European Pond Terrapins resting on a floating log. Rainy Sunday morning, the type of weather that will keep most people in bed, but those who know the secret would have the entire river for themselves. Calm surface of the Danube in front of our canoe reflected willows and tussocks of bright-yellow Flag Iris. Black-crowned Night Herons were foraging from roots protruding from the banks. From a dry tree above the river branch came the deep and throaty call of a pair of Common Ravens.

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Homage to Catalonia

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On the opposite bank, European pond terrapins are basking in the sun and, behind them, a herd of horses is grazing, preventing the scrub from taking over the grasslands. In a warm Catalonian March (I was about to say Spanish, but among quite a few flags, I haven’t seen a single Spanish one), Barcelona was filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets , two charming but alien and invasive species.

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Catalonian Spring

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On the opposite bank, European pond terrapins are basking in the sun and, behind them, a herd of horses is grazing, preventing the scrub from taking over the grasslands. Now nearing 50 and duly lost in a mid-life crisis, Dragan Simic took to birding rather late – only half a lifetime ago, after successfully testing his inadequate skills in other life threatening activities, such as rock climbing and vertical caving.

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Polygynandry and avian swingers

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These Blasts From The Past Striped Basilisk Lizard Lore Herps in Rockland County and Orange County Diamondback Terrapin at Jamaica Bay The Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) Lizards of Kazakhstan About the Author Dale Forbes Dale got his first pair of binoculars for a very early birthday after his dad realized that it was the only way to be left in peace.

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