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Phillip
05-02-2003, 08:27 AM
Loggerhead Turtle Nesting

Hi All, I have this posted in the Watercolor Forum for the last couple of hours plenty people looking but only one comment. Thought I should try here.

I took this photo January this year about 3 in the morning, after I finished Processing her.

I am a Turtle researcher here. She laid about 125 eggs. they are about the size of a ping pong ball but very soft. Each nesting turtle that nests on our beach has a titanium tag, if they don't have one I will put one in. I basically take measurements etc. We have records dating back 30 years for each particular turtle.
Sea turtles nest on the same beach that there born on. They don't nest till there about 30 years of age. There home ground is anywhere up to 2000 km away. so it's amazing after 30 years they find there way back to the very beach they was born at.

They are much the same as a pigeon. They use the magnetic variations in the earth to find there way back to there nesting beach. They are truly amazing.

Oh well don't want to get to technical here,
I painted this one a few weeks ago. Hope you like it.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-May-2003/21263-1.jpg

MonicaB
05-02-2003, 08:43 AM
Phillip,

This is lovely. I adore turtles, and have actually been looking for some good reference photos of them. Do you happen to know any good sources?

My niece is close to finishing her graduate degree in biology at Clemson -- one of her many dreams is to move to Australia and work with turtles. :D So to some people, you have a dream job!

Phillip
05-02-2003, 08:51 AM
Originally posted by MonicaB
Phillip,

This is lovely. I adore turtles, and have actually been looking for some good reference photos of them. Do you happen to know any good sources?

My niece is close to finishing her graduate degree in biology at Clemson -- one of her many dreams is to move to Australia and work with turtles. :D So to some people, you have a dream job!

You will find some info here

http://www.news-mail.com.au/turtle/

Phillip
05-02-2003, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by Phillip


You will find some info here

http://www.news-mail.com.au/turtle/


Heres another one.

http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/cgi-bin/w3-msql/environment/coast/wildlife/msqlwelcome.html?page=turtle.html

Phillip
05-02-2003, 08:57 AM
Originally posted by Phillip



Heres another one.

http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/cgi-bin/w3-msql/environment/coast/wildlife/msqlwelcome.html?page=turtle.html

Here's one that a volunteer did few years back.

http://www.interworx.com.au/users/melissa/Marine_Turtles.htm

echidna
05-02-2003, 12:53 PM
what an awesome job!!! playing with turtles:D ... i like your painting- it has avery aquatic feel to it! hope to see you post more in this forum!!
~echidna

MonicaB
05-02-2003, 02:25 PM
Wonderful! Thank you, Phillip.

Paul Hopkinson
05-03-2003, 07:44 PM
Hey Phillip this is great! Which watercolours do you use? My personal preference is Winsor & Newton but what the heck they all do the same thing at the end of the day!
I also like the blending you have done, but I bet the paper drys quick where you are so you have to work fast!
Nice work.:clap:

Paul

Phillip
05-03-2003, 08:11 PM
Originally posted by CraftyHopo
, but I bet the paper drys quick where you are so you have to work fast!
Nice work.:clap:

Paul [/B]

LOL. You got that spot on, I find it a challange. sometimes I am not quick enough, so I have to wait for it to dry than continue on.

I use Winsor & Newton colors. I have been told that the student quality paints don't last, They fade over time.

Paul Hopkinson
05-03-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by Phillip


LOL. You got that spot on, I find it a challange. sometimes I am not quick enough, so I have to wait for it to dry than continue on.

I use Winsor & Newton colors. I have been told that the student quality paints don't last, They fade over time. Cheers Phillip, I've always thought that the Student quality one's were lightfast, the difference being that the Artist quality have a higher concentration of colour so that less paint is needed, hence longer lasting.
Heck I don't know, I just use whatever is available!

Paul

Phillip
05-03-2003, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by CraftyHopo
Cheers Phillip, I've always thought that the Student quality one's were lightfast, the difference being that the Artist quality have a higher concentration of colour so that less paint is needed, hence longer lasting.
Heck I don't know, I just use whatever is available!

Paul

Thanks for the comment, I am glad you like the painting.

It was just a quick painting, I want to paint another one day.

I like your quote about if you think your a great painter to give up painting, I starting going to a watercolor lesson here & the teacher says that all the time.

Wingnut
05-03-2003, 08:49 PM
Don't know anything about turtles - but I do like your painting! :D and you obviously know a great deal about them, sounds like a pretty cool job.

Leslie Pz
05-04-2003, 09:11 AM
This is adorable! As a child, I LOVED having turtles!
-Les

Pippin
05-04-2003, 01:25 PM
I like your painting of the turtle.If they don`t lay eggs until they are thirty years old how long do they live?What an interesting job you must have!

Phillip
05-04-2003, 06:14 PM
Originally posted by Pippin
I like your painting of the turtle.If they don`t lay eggs until they are thirty years old how long do they live?What an interesting job you must have!

Good question,

We don't know. We have not studied them long enough to find out as yet. The beach they nest on here called Mon Repos has been studied for the past 30 years, We have turtles nesting today that where recorded back almost 30 years.

The latest is we think that maybe they live the same age as we do, But not sure.