Amphibian army, and a goodbye to my most reliable travel companion!
After 6 years of solid use from my regular Canon SLR camera, I finally decided it was time for an update. I felt quite sad having to ‘let go’ of my reliable, Japanese travel companion, and considering the amount of times I have smashed it onto a rock, had snakes wrap around the flash, not to mention defecate on the thing, its a miracle that the camera is still alive today! However, the old camera will still be coming along wherever I go, as a backup to my new Canon SLR, in case a reliable old timer is needed to do the job. As I was anxious to give the new camera a run out, I went back to the lodge close to my home where hundreds of Common toads (Bufo bufo) were breeding. Although it was daytime, large numbers were still migrating to the water, including several pairs already in amplexus. As I did a few nights ago, I moved all of them away from danger on the roads towards the lodge, although more would appear that needed assistance every time I tried to leave the area! On a walkers path, I found around another 30 individuals heading towards the lodge.