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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Aleksandar Simovic » Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:56 am

My first ammodytes this year ;)

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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Tomas Klacek » Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:29 pm

Wow, beautiful ammo. Finally I can add some pictutes too. Encouraged with your photos I took my chances last week and checked my favourite pond.
R. temporaria
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B. bufo
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Toad bus
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mating ball
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mating fenzy
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R. arvalis
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first and only Pelophylax ssp., anybody knows why he opened mouth?
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N. natrix
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and salamanders from different habitat
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I have a documentation of interaction between these two guys, I´ll post it later, like to hear your explanation...
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Cheers,
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Mario Schweiger » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:16 am

great atavistic ammo ;)
and a very nice serie of amphibians.
thanks to both of you for sharing!
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:05 pm

Mario Schweiger wrote:great atavistic ammo ;)
and a very nice serie of amphibians.
thanks to both of you for sharing!

Atavistic?!
adjective: of, relating to, or characterized by atavism; reverting to or suggesting the characteristics
of a remote ancestor or primitive type
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So, Sale has just found something like a Coelacanth, and nobody reacts?! Just - look how nice frogs I've
photographed these days, thank you...?! I'm deeply disappointed... What kind of people are you all?

Regarding the (finds & photos of) amphibians themselves, very, very nice indeed. No joking.
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Michal Szkudlarek » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:40 pm

My cat was playing with this young sand lizard untill i rescued the lizard, it was not harmed fortunately.
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This year I saw at least 2 pairs of Bufo bufo bufo in amplexus in my garden ponds, at least one pair laid eggs. The photo below was taken one pair was traveling from one pond to another- probably the previous one had not enough things in water to wrap eggs around, or maybe toads did not want their tadpoles to compete with tadpoles of another pair which probably laid eggs there. As you see the female is molting.
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Now let me post underwater photos of smooth newts taken in a garden pond of my friend. Temperature of air was 14*C but it was cloudy so I had to use flash many times which made pics unnatural. I am not very content with the pics, I hope to do better ones in near future.
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density of newts is high
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here the clips I made
Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris in Poland- tail fanning
https://youtu.be/jquuTH0fLDE

Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris in a garden pond in Poland
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Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris- a female
https://youtu.be/UbSjcHaspDo

Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris in mating season
https://youtu.be/K_RMdLQ7I-4

Lissotriton vulgaris vulgaris- a male and a famale
https://youtu.be/MkvSjBEcSTU
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Frédéric Seyffarth » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:56 am

Hello,

The "horn" of the ammodytes is missing...wich is justify the adjective.
That's probably why Mario used this word ;-)
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Niklas Ban » Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:04 am

Newts all over the ponds :)
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:12 pm

Frédéric Seyffarth wrote:Hello,
The "horn" of the ammodytes is missing...wich is justify the adjective.
That's probably why Mario used this word ;-)

Thanks for this very revealing explanation. I quit.
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Ulrich Schulte » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:08 am

Hi,

this sequence is from a sunny Tuesday, 04.04.2017.
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Re: Under Starters Orders...

Postby Daniel Kane » Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:52 pm

Awesome photos, Ulrich! What a great experience to have.

A warm day in London means the adders spent most of the day in the shade/sun mosaic, but they were still quite visible. Males and females have sloughed now, although no sign of mate-searching or guarding behaviour was observed.

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Also saw a fox out hunting in the day

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