Saturday, April 16, 2016

Good newts, everyone!

I was never really satisfied with the process of catching newts out of the water during their aquatic phase and putting them on moss covered stones, or something like that, to take pictures of them.
Most pictures doesn't  look very natural and they hardly show the beauty of the newts.

So I did not have to reinvent the wheel, by simply putting them into a small aquarium.
It should be very narrow for a good and efficient result. The newts swim around in their temporary home a little, I get some nice "underwater" shots and as a reward for their cooperation I like to feed them some mosquito larvae, or whatever I have at hand. Newts aren't picky.

That's my aquarium on a fancy little stool... to make it even more comfortable

Palmate newt - Lissotriton helveticus
Palmate Newt - Lissotriton helveticus

Palmate newt - Lissotriton helveticus
Palmate Newt - Lissotriton helveticus

Alpine newt - Ichthyosaura alpestris, larvae
Alpine Newt - Ichthyosaura alpestris, larva

Alpine newt - Ichthyosaura alpestris, male
Alpine Newt - Ichthyosaura alpestris, male

If you don't have a waterproof camera, this is a good way to get nice pics anyway. Of course you can also take pictures of fish, tadpoles, or any other water creature you can find... and catch. Make sure to release the photo models at the same place where you caught them.

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