A Newtpole! - small is beautiful...

Rivendell7

Minehead, United Kingdom

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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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