Monthly pic May 2012

Two male Common Newts (Lissotriton vulgaris), one female Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus) and a human specimen. Canon 50D, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, 1/50, f/5.6, iso 100, handheld.
An early post for the month of May! I will be travelling a lot this upcoming month and I hope to return with many stories and images of both China and the Saltee Islands in Ireland. More about this in my next post, for now I bid you all farewell with this fieldwork inspired picture.

Last week I spent a wonderful day in the field with a good friend on our first yearly round of monitoring amphibians. We are monitoring wet dune slacks and retentions areas on the Dutch coast to keep track of how amphibian populations are developing. We do this for the Ravon Foundation, which supports research and protect reptiles, amphibians and fish.

We encountered both toads, frogs and newts and it is possible for us to find up to seven different species. The natterjack toad (Epidalea calamita) was pretty early this year with spawning and we even encountered an early European tree frog (Hyla arborea), recently woken up from hibernation. I would really recommend you to see this high amphibian diversity for yourself and join a guided excursion in the evening hours. Later this year the calls of male tree frogs and natterjack toads form a incredible chorus, reminiscent of a tropical jungle, which you can hear kilometers away!

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