Come the thaw, come the newts

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.

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Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D and EF 100mm f/2.8L macro IS USM lens.

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  1. derWandersmann January 30, 2013 at 3:01 am #

    That's good newts, indeed!

  2. SittingFox February 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm #

    Excellent shots. I guess they're one species that hasn't suffered from the constant rain of the last six months! You certainly seem to have a good population in your pond :up:

  3. derWandersmann February 3, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    Speaking of Thaw, I caught John Thaw in the Jeremy Brett production of The Sign of Four last week.
    I know; it's really completely irrelevant, isn't it?

  4. Words February 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    dW, just have to wait for the frogs to lay spawn and then the feeding frenzy will really get under way. 🙂

  5. Words February 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    dW, irrelevant. I'll think about that :sherlock:

  6. Words February 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Adele, they do cope well with rain but they also have to cope with a frozen pond at times which isn't quite so pleasant for them. The newts do seem to dominate the pond. I must clear out some of the weed in the next week or so before we get any spawn.