Now that I've actually seen Newts in Wildlife Pond #1 I am keen not to disturb them too much. However I did want to have one more look to see if they were still around so slowly, quietly and carefully I had one final peek to see if I could spot the new residents. Sometimes you can look and look and you still can't see the wood for the trees but eventually I spot a Newt in it's hideout.
It's now become a daily ritual for me to spend a few minutes looking at both my little ponds each evening after work. Upon each inspection I wonder what I'll find has arrived next, some Diving Beetles or Water Boatman perhaps.
Anyway, having watched the frogs for a few minutes in Pond #2 I have a quick look at the Pond #1 and as I lean over to have a closer examination something moves very quickly under the water. It's too small to be a frog but immediately I recognize the shape, it's a Newt! I can't tell you how excited I am as I sit patiently waiting to get another glimpse of. After ten minutes of waiting I decide to leave and return after dark to see if I can see it with my torch.
As darkness falls I venture back into my back garden and as i shine the torch I'm greeted with the site of a little Newt sat on upon some weed. Quickly I run back into the house to grab my camera and I'm able to snap some photos.
I didn't expect this in a million years!
As I move in closer with the camera I get yet another exciting surprise, there are two Newts! In the next picture you can just make out the second Newt near the top.
A night time visit to my pond yesterday resulted in a pleasant surprise. As my torch passed over the water something caught my eye. It moved quite quick and at first I thought it may have been a newt but as it came back into view there was no mistaking it was a fish.
Not exactly sure how it arrived, perhaps it was in with the tadpoles I recently rescued or maybe it came as an egg on one of the plants added not so long ago or could a visiting bird have brought it?
According to my Pond Life Guide book, with it's red belly and greenish blue eyes it's a male Stickleback.
I'm hoping that it doesn't eat the tadpoles and it doesn't get eaten by the frog.
Originally the plan was to have several Heathers growing in the pebble
border around this pond. Sadly the Heathers died within weeks of planting
so today we finally got round to adding some ornamental grasses and flowering plants instead. Hopefully these
will become bushy over time and break up the border as was originally