Morning Dog Walk: Viperine Snake Sunbathing

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

This morning I sat on the river bank letting Wally run around in the water when I spotted a Viperine in one of the river pools (the river is now dry with just pools remaining). I watched it swim to the opposite bank and it eventually climbed out to sunbathe on the rocks.

It was really tough to photograph as there was a lot of contrast between the bright sunlight and the dark rocks.

The Viperine (Natrix maura) is a small snake that spends a lot of time in the water catching fish and although you may think by the name, it is not a Viper. It’s name comes from being similar in appearance to a Viper. It is non-venomous and although when threatened it can act like a Viper and strike, it will not bite. It is Diurnal which meaning it is active during daylight only. In adult-life, they can grow to 85cm long, this particular one was no larger than about 40cm.

Viperine Snake (Natrix maura)

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Louisiana Crayfish In The River Odelouca

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The Louisiana Crayfish (Procambarus Clarkii) are thriving in the river so I thought I’d get my underwater camera out (Nikon 1 AW1) and see if I could grab some pictures. They prefer to be in the still water under the shade of the trees, so getting photos is quite difficult.

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Success At The Kingfisher Perch!

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It’s been a long patient wait for clear skies in the mornings and today was finally the day I would set myself up at the Kingfisher perch…..with success, but it was a long wait!

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Male Common Kingfisher - Guarda Rios Macho - Alcedo atthis
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Usage Evidence On The Kingfisher Perch

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I haven’t a Trail Cam on the Kingfisher Perch currently but I went to have a look at the Fish numbers in the water below the perch this morning. There is now a lot of small fish sheltering in this area which is perfect for the Kingfishers.

I took a look at the perch and as you can see in the photo, it has obvious evidence of usage. The change of colour you can see is water. It looks like a Kingfisher has been using this same spot for multiple dives leaving this part of the perch wet.

Wet marks on the Kingfisher Perch

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Ducklings Fighting (In The Cutest Sense) Over A Crayfish (Video)

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Not much activity on the new Kingfisher perch, however, there was a good capture of 2 Ducklings fighting over a Crayfish, of course, Ducklings fighting is always going to be cute fighting rather than vicious.

As you will see, Mother Duck is close to hand. She did have five Ducklings, maybe the other 3 are just out of shot, or maybe they have been taken by a Fox or Mongoose.

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Kingfisher Perch Version 2.0

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As I explained in my last post, the Kingfisher Perch has been changed to a simple piece of Bamboo which blends in with the Bamboo growing on the river bank.

Kingfisher Perch

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