Category Archives: toad

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.

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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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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

badger

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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Garden Nightlife (toad and foxes)

Regular readers of this blog will know that I spend a good deal of time out in our garden watching the comings and goings of the local foxes, and that occasionally – while I’m out there – I spot other garden visitors. Last night was such an occasion. Perched on the wall which separates the upper garden area from the house was a large toad. Toads are very occasional garden sightings, so its appearance was something of a surprise. I did spot a baby toad a few weeks ago, scuttling away under some shrubs, but it is a long while since I’ve seen an adult. This one was unmissable.

toad

toad

toad

Tonight was toadless, but two of the local foxes showed up. The nicked-ear male is the more confident and regular of the foxes, and he’s in the foreground of this photo. The more wary vixen is lurking in the background.

two foxes

She may be wary, but the temptation of peanuts can occasionally be too much for a fox. Here she is nervously reaching forward.

vixen

She takes what she can and retreats. The male, though still cautious, is prepared to bide his time as long as I keep a safe distance away. He’s quite relaxed in this last image.

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

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