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Bulgaria (Svode) - March 2009

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 3:06 pm
by Ilian Velikov
Here are my first herp photos for this year. I took them in Svode for a couple of hours.

Svode is a small village in western Bulgaria. There is a river running through it where I usually go fishing but this time I wasn’t there to catch fish but to photograph frogs. The weather was warm and sunny with clear sky and no wind at all. Some meters away from the river there are a number of ponds rich in aquatic vegetation. This is what I found in and around them:

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Eastern Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis),juvenile

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A male Common Toad (Bufo bufo) waiting for the females to arrive

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Common Toad (Bufo bufo),male

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Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina)

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Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina)

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Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina)

For my surprise, I also found a beautiful, red-eyed, male Emys orbicularis slowly swimming in the shallows near the shore.

European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis),male

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European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis),male