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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Large Female SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) on footpath S of Piccotts End Pools.

SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) on footpath at Piccotts End Pools.

A large Female SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) was on the footpath heading towards Piccotts End Pools from the S this morning which was nice to see. It was completely still & didn't move when approached so I took a couple of snaps, then as it was directly in the 'tread zone' I decided to move it to a safer spot beside the footpath. I took this opportunity to take a couple of photos showing its size compared to my hand. Unfortunately I only had the 150-500mm on the Pentax so it wasn't ideal for taking pics at close range, but fortunately I was carrying my waterproof Lumix compact, which meant I could also take a short video...

SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) on footpath at Piccotts End Pools.

SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) & footpath where found in background, at Piccotts End Pools.
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Showing length of SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) compared to hand, at Piccotts End Pools.
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SMOOTH NEWT (COMMON NEWT) at Piccotts End Pools.

Martin Parr

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Great video Dan, nice to find one of these out and about. They breed in my pond so I come across them in the garden occasionally and can always rely on fishing one out to show the kids!

Thanks Martin. Great little creatures. Lucky you, I wish I even had my own garden :)


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