Saturday, 24 September 2011

The Last few Herps of the Season

With a little bit of Autumn sun forecast I went out to check for more newborn Adders Vipera berus. It won't be long before they start heading down into their winter hibernicula. Autumn is well and truly here with Red Deer Cervus elaphus stags bellowing today on the moor tops. Typically it was nice and sunny when I set off, but on arrival a blanket of cloud had appeared. Not to be defeated I found 3 Common Toads Bufo bufo and contented myself with photographing some Long Tailed Tits Aegithalos caudatus. A 20 minute blast of sun and I found my first adder, a very small male, probably born last year. I've moved on to another site and spotted another newborn adder, it slinked away whilst I was swapping lenses, but I was pleased with this observation as it was the first time I had seen a newborn at this site. Also here was a very accomadating Viviparous Lizard Zootoca viviparia which apparently wasn't interested in the beetle at the end of it's nose. Finally a male adder was in his favourite spot.

 Above and Below Common Toad © Carl Corbidge

 Juvenile Male Adder © Carl Corbidge
 Above and Below Long Tailed Tit © Carl Corbidge

 Male Adder © Carl Corbidge

 Viviparous Lizard  © Carl Corbidge

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