Follow in Nigel's Footsteps

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Adders on the Isle-of-Wight...

The I-O-W is definitely a good place for Adders Vipera berus. There's plenty of suitable habitat across the Island, especially along the southern coast and no sooner had we arrived last Friday than I stopped and found this lovely male basking near some gorse bushes. I'm incredibly pleased with the Nikon p900 as it allows for some great shots without having to disturb the snakes. These were taken from about 8 ft away:

Adder Vipera berus, male: R. Harris
Portrait of the above snake: R. Harris

Also had time for a little bit of rock-pooling with the kids and found this lovely Snake-locks Anemone Anemonia sulcata

Snake-locks Anemone (left) and Bead Anemone (top right)
And plentyful supplies of these colourful Turban-top Gibbula magus shells too:


Although I saw good numbers of Wall Lizards Podarcis muralis again this year, the temperatures were unseasonally cool and none except this little chap were basking.

Wall Lizard Podarcis muralis: R. Harris


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