Saturday, May 11, 2013

Newts

Several years ago a heron visited our garden pond and during a brief period when it wrought havoc amongst the resident frogs it also pecked a hole in the liner. Since then the water level has sunk so that it's only a few inches deep most of the time. But the upside to having a leaking pond is that the shallow water suits breeding newts just fine and it's easy to watch their antics during the breeding season.































This is a male in alligator mode: legs back, tail undulating, just a like a 'gator in the Everglades (if you've got a vivid imagination)


6 comments:

  1. These are a grand sight. Watch your fingers.

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  2. You beat me to it Phil. I have spotted a couple in my pond but not in a position yet to photo.

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  3. No sign of newts in my pond this year even though I had lots of young before Christmas - not sure whether the weather or predators got them... :-( Great to see yours though.

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  4. They're lively little devils, Adrian...

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  5. Mine were very late this year, though, John...

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  6. I think the cold spring held mine back Peter...

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