Local reptiles update

Since I came back from Greece I have been out and about a couple of times. Twice I visited my local population of Adders (Vipera berus) finding 14 females on one occasion. I also saw a number of new born Common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) and the usual adults at another site. The weather already feels cooler and within a month most of the reptiles will be thinking about hibernating.

As usual all adder photographs are taken with my 100-400mm lens at this time of year to avoid disturbance to the gravid females.

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Little owl (Athene noctua) (C) Matt Wilson

Kestrel (C) Matt Wilson

Kestrel (C) Matt Wilson

Cheeky weasel feeding on a dead rabbit (C) Matt Wilson

Cheeky weasel feeding on a dead rabbit (C) Matt Wilson

Cheeky weasel feeding on a dead rabbit (C) Matt Wilson

Cheeky weasel feeding on a dead rabbit (C) Matt Wilson

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By Matt Wilson

Cyclades tour 2015

I had a great couple of weeks holiday in the Cyclades islands as I did in summer 2015. Despite the July/August typical hot and dry weather I did find quite a few species as I wandered to and from the beach. The islands visited included Antiparos, Paros, Mykonos, Delos, Koufonisia, Iraklia and Naxos. Thanks to Stephen Roussos and Panagiotis Sahas for some help in situ.

For now, here’s a photo gallery on my Google account. Click here or the photo below.

Nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) from the small Cyclades (C) Matt Wilson

Nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes) from the small Cyclades (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson