A dank, misty start of the week but some new activity in the garden pond. The newts have emerged from their winter hibernation and a good number of them are now preparing for the breeding season. They seem to thrive in our little pond, despite the mess of weed and rotting leaves. I'll get round to clearing some of the mess away soon, if only to provide some clear space in the water for photos.
The males develop a small wavy crest along the length of their body, as well as pronounced dark spots, during the breeding season.