6.10.11

A rare sighting of our only surviving newt species the Common Newt



























































The Common Newt (protected in Ireland and in Europe) is rarely seen. It's a small creature very like a lizard and lives partially in and around waterways. This little guy was the worse for wear having climbed up some tall grass and fallen into a rain barrel in the garden. We rescued him, rested him on the rock and as he recovered I took these photographs.  Soon enough he slithered away into the long grass again, almost immediately he was impossible to spot.

I know he's not the cuddliest of creatures, in fact he has a pre-historic air about him, but luckily I am getting over that kind of squeemishness and enjoying more and more wildlife in my world. Does that include the large spider living beside my central heating switch? Late last night there he was right on it, just when I went to turn it on! Next thing another large one walks casually down the hall. What can I do? I feel I no longer can discriminate against the less attractive ones in our midst. If that was the case where would any of us be in a beauty contest?

However, I draw the line for the moment at featuring large spiders here! OK, it just might be that I would find it too hard to look down the macro lens and right into his eyes, but I hope both you and I will get there some day.....





20 comments:

  1. We used to have a lot of newts in our garden pond but they have all migrated to our next door neighbours pond instead - maybe it's because we have fish and she doesn't. Nevertheless you still feel honoured that they visit you.

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  2. Loved seeing your newt, especially as he's such a rare sight. I wish him well, and hope he graces your garden again. For a newt, I think he's pretty good looking!

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  3. I have been absent from reading blogs too long and am glad to get back to yours..what a treat to see this lovely creature...I so wish you had a way to follow via email, but I will try to book mark your blog somehow...

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  4. Thanks Donna, I will look into how to set that up, especially for you!

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  5. I see you are getting wonderfully open-minded about the less attractive beasts.

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  6. What a cute newt, he's a lovely little creature for sure, and how lucky you are to have him visit your garden.I used to see one or two at a previous home and garden but have not seen any for a few years now.

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  7. Foxglove Lane, what a great post about an animal that is so rare! How lucky he was that you spotted him and rescued him out of the rain barrel. And how lucky you have been that you got to see him. Thanks for sharing!
    Christina

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  8. How exciting to get to see such a rare sight! Glad you were able to rescue the cute little guy!

    And it is interesting that the more we interact with nature, the more fascinated we are with even the non-attractive wildlife members! Though my husband was rightfully grumbling today, "Why is it that when you see a bug in the garden you grab a camera, but if it's in the house I have to go deal with it?"

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  9. No, he isn't cuddling but he really is beautiful and sweet looking. Little creatures like this are fascinating to me - I could watch them all day.

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  10. It was meant to be you rescuing him or her :)

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  11. I think he is cute! Nice photos of him too.

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  12. Very good photographs! From talking to people I think it is a shame that so few Irish people know their native species. It is important that we all recognise them and help to protect them. For instance lots of people have never heard of the pygmy shrew in Ireland. I know that when I was in school some years ago we never heard of any of them and I am in my 20's now. I'm rambling on here. Thank you so much for sharing this little fella with us. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    All things nice...

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  13. I think that is very true, and most Irish people never get a chance to see the wildlife that is all around us. Our cat used to bring home pygmy shrews all the time, sooo tiny! The reason our wildlife garden has got so much in it now is that she died last year. We miss her , but the birds and the mice don't:~)

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  14. I must confess, I haven't heard of it, but we have its cousins and relatives here. Confession No.2 is i haven't photographed them, especially because they are difficult to shoot. They always run and hide and i am a bit scared to look for them. But those photos are awesome, clear and vivid. I envy your lens. I wonder how you got it looking at you!

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  15. I love the photo's of the newt. I have a lot in my pond. In spring the male is getting a red belly and its goudeous to see how they put their eggs in the waterplants. I never had the change to catch them with my camera I only see them in te water.
    Great shots you are a lucky girl.
    Gr. Marijke

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  16. He is a most handsome fella. Your captures are awesome! I used to have a huge phobia about spiders. Photographing them has helped me work thru that a bit.

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  17. I think that he is cute. I love his 3 fingered-paw ;-)

    It is so very important to protect all species. Unfortunately Man is the worst destroyer of all.

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  18. I love your newt! I used to see them ALL the time while playing close to the banks of the local creek. Now living on a pond for 10 years, I have NEVER seen one! rare indeed!

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  19. This one is very interesting.
    Thank you for sharing

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