I’m taking yet another look at the nature in minuscule for this challenge. One autumn we very nearly stepped on a bevy of baby toads making their way across some Suffolk heathland. Bufo bufo do not so much jump as crawl and their slower movements enabled me to capture them with the camera. The golden eye and ocular hump is tell-tale of the UK’s common toad.
Here the young were heading away to hibernate but this time of year, adults are making their way back to waters of their birth. To do so they use age-old migratory routes often now intersected by road and rail networks. Hence many die each year in the attempt although volunteer toad collectors and newly constructed toad tunnels help reduce the fatalities. As serious, is the amount of salt residue on roads from winter snow clearance which mortally burns amphibian skin but in this image, the grains are merely sand and give some idea how small the toadlet is.
AS PART OF THE CHALLENGE RULES, I AM SUPPOSED TO NOMINATE ANOTHER BLOGGER BUT THIS IS THE BIT I DON’T LIKE SO AM JUST HAPPY TO HIGHLIGHT SOMEONE INSTEAD – TAKE A LOOK AT Alois Absenger. If anyone can capture nature in all her detail, he can
Postscript: Just seen Donna’s ‘Ode to a Toad’ post – with her wildlife garden, she gets to see them first hand.