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A Newtpole! - small is beautiful... by Rivendell7
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I do love my small pond, and have watched many tadpoles transform into tiny frogs this year – but when looking into the shallower end of the pond this weekend, I said to a friend that I thought there were a few ‘late developers’ in the tadpole world. He took a close look, and told me (in a rather excited way) that these were very small baby newts, or what he called ‘Newtpoles’!

In all the years since I was a child, I’ve often gone looking for fully grown newts, including some Great Crested ones where I used to live, but this is a first for me, to see a few of these tiny little beasties, about 3cms long, and with frilly gills, hatched in the pond.

Transferred the little chap (OK maybe it’s a chap-ess) using a pond net (by golly these little beasties are fast!!) ….into an old white ceramic bowl for five minutes for a photo-shoot. Now they are safely back in the pond again.

Taken with 1970s Zeiss Flektogon, f8 @ ISO400 on Canon 550D. This remarkable old film camera lens focuses down to just over four inches.

I know…little things please little minds……but seeing one of these close up is a first for me, and I love ponds and aquatic life. Thought I’d share a pic of one, in case you haven’t seen one either….

Dave. Exmoor, UK, August 2012

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pond, newt, frog, lily, amphibian, tadpole, garden, exmoor

I am a keen amateur photographer enjoying wildlife and nature images taken in West Somerset and on Exmoor.
I am a grandfather and enjoy my reclusive life on the edge of Exmoor, among the wildlife, birds, and nature.
I hope to learn more skills and techniques from some of the amazing artists on this site.

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Comments

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 2 years ago

    Great capture Dave wonderful presentation

  • Thanks kindly, Maggie, this was a ‘first’ for me, I’d never seen the baby ones before. Glad you like!
    Kind regards,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks for the cheery Chaffinch welcome, Ray!
    Kind regards,
    Dave.

    – Rivendell7

  • Christina Brundage
    Christina Brun...about 2 years ago

    How exciting, Dave! Fantastic detail which we could never see with the naked eye!

  • Glad you like, Christina. Yes it was very exciting to find that they are there, and thriving happily! They have lovely fern-like gills at this stage…
    All the best,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    A marvellous scientific study, Dave! I assure you that I can understand your pleasure in this discovery.

  • Thank you for your very appreciative comment, Bette, it is a pleasure to receive it!
    Kind regards,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeabout 2 years ago

    Estupenda fotografía de la metamorfosis de la rana David !
    Me hiciste recordar los tiempos de estudiante……..!
    Saludos de Chile…..liliana

  • Hola Liliana …….gracias por los amables comentarios ……esto no es un renacuajo es mucho más raro tipo……..Saludos de Somerset ;-) Dave

    – Rivendell7

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 2 years ago

    Weird and cool! :)

  • Definitely! When they’re larger they are like small dragons!
    All the best,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortierabout 2 years ago

    Amazing shot. So interesting Dave.

  • Thanks for the kind comments, Sandra, and very glad you found this one interesting. Hope there will be some larger ones later this year!
    Kind regards,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work and clarity

  • Thanks so much for the nice comments, Joy, much appreciated!
    Kind regards,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteabout 2 years ago

    Awesome capture well done.

  • Thanks kindly for the nice comments, Julie, very much appreciated!
    Kind regards,
    Dave ;-)

    – Rivendell7

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful full capture Dave……

  • Thanks very much Thomas, he/she was a **** to catch in a smalll net, but the white of the bowl shows up his features I hope. He’s now back safely in the pond!
    Kind regards,
    Dave.

    – Rivendell7

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