Category Archives: Amphibians

We have a Toad

Delighted to discover that we have a very fine resident toad in the garden. Unlike frogs, they are very purposeful in their movements, and ‘freeze’ if you look at them for too long. This one seems to enjoy roaming around the front of the garden, and clambers up and over any manner of obstacle.

toad

Large common toad on the front patio of the garden

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Pausing by one of the side beds.

Camera note: first photo taken with the Canon 1DX Mark II and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens. Second pic with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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More Badgers, plus something to Google for

More badgers tonight, but I’ll get to them in a minute. I’m going to start with an early morning shot from Falmer Pond of one of the local rodents.

Rats

The rats were very active today (sunshine brings them out), and so it seems were Google; or at least their Street View car which I encountered this afternoon outside the university’s conference centre at Varley Halls, on the outskirts of Brighton. The car cannot have missed me so I’ll now be checking Google Maps to see when they update the image.

Google Street View car

Meanwhile our garden goes on providing a haven for local wildlife. A fox popped its head up early evening (but was gone before I could even think about a photo). The newts don’t have such an easy escape and since I cleared it out a little at the weekend I can actually see them.

Smooth newt

I’ll get down to some serious macro work at some point, but at the moment my 200mm is glued to the camera at night all the better to photograph the badgers. Here’s a couple of portraits.

Badger

Badger

Camera note: newt and photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens. The rat and Google car taken with the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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Newt Climbing a Toad and Badger Photo special

Last night (Friday) was one of those nights in the garden that turned out to be quite special. It started down at the front of the garden where I spotted a toad just outside the back door. It took a second glance to see exactly what was going on. The toad was reaching up towards a raised step, and a newt was using the toad as a climbing frame!

Toad and newt

Toad and newt

Toad and newt

The newt eventually scrambled up to the higher level, while the toad decided on an easier route.

Toad in garden

While all this was going on, a badger had emerged unnoticed at the back of the garden. I’ve no idea how long it had been there, but it was well settled in and allowed me to photograph it for around quarter of an hour. With care I was able to move around slightly, which is significant progress, though it was still quite jumpy if I made any sharp noise (such as standing on a twig). This is a small selection.

Badger

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badger

Badger

Badger

Badger

It eventually wandered off when some fox calls came from nearby. I didn’t see any foxes last night, but there’s always a chance one will show up. For now though it seems the badgers (there are at least two of them, though only one in this sequence) have taken claim of the garden.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM lens.

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