Tuesday, April 7, 2015
No wonder most toads return to their breeding ponds at night!
This toad crossed our path when we were walking in the Derwent Country Park near Gateshead on Easter Monday.
When I knelt down to take a photo and put the camera on the ground he attacked it, presumably because he could see his reflection in the lens. Luckily I had a lens filter attached, otherwise he would have made a mess of an expensive piece of glass.
As we walked around the lake we found several more toads, which we helpfully carried across the path and pointed in the general direction of the water. In retrospect, maybe that wasn't such a good idea because when we walked back ........
......... this heron was having the time of his life at an all-you-can-eat banquet of toads and newts.
I guess this is one reason why big migrations of toads, from their hibernation sites to their breeding ponds, tend to take place at night, when herons are roosting.