The newts in my pond have been leading me a merry dance. Every time I have spotted one the camera has been indoors and by the time I fetched it the newt had disappeared. Until today. The first time it did its usual trick but the second time it actually stayed still for a short while and gave me a few chances to photograph it.
Common (Smooth) Newt - Lissotriton vulgaris
The original shots are very grey so I used the Auto Adjust Colours facility in IrfanView to enhance them. I have used IrfanView for many years as it is so easy to use for quick cropping and colour adjustment. Another big advantage is that it is free.
This newt is larger than one I saw a few days ago so it looks as though the garden population is thriving. Reading the information on The Garden Safari it would appear that they can live for up to 19 years so this may be one of the older ones. I would estimate it to be getting on for 3.5 in (9cm) long.
It might be nearly my last chance to spot them this year as they spend the Spring in water and are active during the day. The rest of the year they become night active land dwellers.
Spent part of the day levelling sections of the pond surround. It is entirely above ground level and was originally for testing model boats which is why it is only about 10 inches deep. This does not seem to bother the aquatic life which continues to thrive. It is surrounded by potted plants of various types and there are many marginal water plants in the pond itself plus some shallow water pond lilies. Overall size is about 18 x 12 feet.
The Pond - junk in the background as I was heaving things about to get at the sections which needed altering.
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