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Great Crested Newt on Liverwort

Great Crested Newt on Liverwort
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-01-21
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Amphibians - Salamanders & Newts 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-22 4:11
Viewed: 16396
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Male Great Crested Newt (also Known as the Northern Crested Newt) Triturus cristatus you can tell it's a male by the white stripe in the tail, just visible in the back of this image.
This the largest of our 3 newt species upto 15cm inclueding tail though females of 18cm have been found, and I have an image of one slightly larger than this.
This species is on the protected list though fairly common in the farm ponds round here, to the point where it is listed for conseration Status:
Classified on the IUCN Red List as Lower Risk, conservation dependent (LR/cd). Listed in Appendix II of the Bern Convention, Annexes II and IV of the EC Habitats Directive, the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and Schedule 2 of the Conservation Regulations 1994.
This one I disturbed from its Hibernation under a large pot, while clearing a bed ready to put fresh plants onto on our nursery,.
So it being a nice sunny afternoon I thought to take a few shots of it before finding it a nice log to hide under till the warmer weather wakes it up properly ready to mate.
Some of you will be aware that me and the Sony have been having problems and I am awaiting a new Nikon D200 but in preperation for it's arrival I have laid my hands on a a new/2nd hand tripod a Benbo 1, bit heavy but a solid bit of kit that allows you to reach from high levels to flat on the floor also to set the tripod up at the side of a bush and reach in with the camera on the end of an extendable arm so causing minimal disturbance. I used it to try and eliminate any hint of shake from the camera to see if it was the camera or me that was causing the problem looking at this sshot I think it is me that has developed the shakes not the sony, though I am still looking forward to the arrival of the Nikon. I lso used a reflector in the form of a peice of polished aluminium sheet to reflect some light back into the dark side if the image which without it where in deep shadow and not visible.
For notes on the Liverwort it is sat on see the extion of these notes in disscusions below this note, I ran out of room for it all..
Hope you like

marhowie, petrudamsa, red45, TAZ, gerhardt, danbachmann has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To gerhardt: Home made reflectorRobbrown 1 01-26 13:06
To red45: What snow?Robbrown 1 01-22 16:01
Notes about the LiverwortRobbrown 1 01-22 04:12
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Very nice capture Robert. Excellent use of ambient light with a very good POV. Well composed with excellent color and detail.
Very well done.
Thank You!

Very good shot. No technical comments, everything looks OK. A hard to see animal outside the water. I met it several times in small clear ponds but I never seen one resting outside the water.

Regards, Petru

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  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2006-01-22 13:05]

Great shot Rob - unusual to find one out of the water especially at this time of year.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-01-22 14:58]
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Hi Robert!

One of animals from my wishlist! Amazing capture. Good POV, details, many green colours and sunlight. Very interesting note. It is amazing for me that you took such photo while I was drowned in snow ;-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-23 1:33]

What an interesting "Triton" that you have very well captured ! I have never see this animal in real... I also appreciate the complementary note. Congratulations Robert and thanks for sharing.

Love them... we don't get to see them. This is a very good shot. I alwyas anjoy reading your notes and this one is no exception. I have nver used a reflector before and think I should give it a try. Any hints on a home-made one??

Excellent use of the camera support here to get us in close and sharp. The lighting is also in the right place and the DOF pleasing. Thank you for the detailed note too.

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