Salamander Migration

- deutsche Version -

It happened in the night from Friday to Saturday (April 4th / 5th). Mild temperatures around 6°C and light rain provided perfect conditions for the amphibian migration to their breeding ponds. There is a big golf course just behind my appartment with a small forest and vernal ponds in its center. Masses of salamanders used this night to crawl over the short green and thus were easy to spot. It was extremely dark, my flashlight ran out of power and I am a very bad videographer, nevertheless I want to show a short video to give you an impression of the scenery.

I could see the migrating dark-grey Jefferson Salamanders and the Yellow-Spotted Salamanders. I took two documentary images with use of my flashlight.

Jefferson Salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Seeing hundrets of salamanders migrating was a spectacular scenery, but for photography the conditions were bad. Therefore, I went to the pond again next morning at st sunrise and I was able to spot a few remaining spotted salamanders. These animals are covered with a heavily reflecting mucus layer, so the use of a polarizer filter is recommended. Well, I learned that the hard way and ordered one now. Hopefully I get the chance to shoot these animals again and try to improve the results.

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)

Finally, I want to show a documentary dorsal view. In comparison to the european Fire Salamander, the spotted pattern ist drastically different and the yellow portion is much smaller.

Gefleckter Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)