Spring photography trip to a bond was successful as I got photos of Red-throated Loons, frog and grass snake swimming in the bond. If you are interested in my Red-throated Loons photos from last year, you can see some of them HERE.
Spring is active time for frogs
Spring is active time for frogs. In April-May, frogs have spawning time, making them active and noisy. As soon as they wake up, they start their trip towards the spawning pond.
I was sitting mid of May by the bond photographing Red-throated Loons, while I realized someone was staring at me. Funny feeling as I did not see anybody near me. Suddenly I saw pair of eyes watching at me in the water. Quite a big frog was still by her summons. She was staring at me for a while and when I paid my attention to approaching grass snake she disappeared.
I am so happy for this meeting with the frog as I got my first frog in the water photo!!
Snakes love sun bathing in the spring
My spring trip to Karnaistenkorpi was very interesting as I got photos of swimming snakes as well.
Snakes love sun bathing and are usually found in the sunny, warm spot in the ground. A beach with plenty of vegetation, a sunny area and a suitable rocky place to spend the night and hide are grass snakes dream home. The water can be salty or fresh, so grass snake can be found on the shores of the sea, lake or river.
The grass snake, or the garden snake as old people call it, is familiar to Finns as a “kind snake”. It keeps mice and rats away from the garden. I hope that grass snakes living in our summer cottage takes care of the mice I have seen around our garden!
Grass snakes eat mice, rats, frogs, tadpole and even small birds. Hopefully I am able to see some tadpole this spring I visit the pond and that snakes leave Red-throated Loon chics alone.
Snakes taste the air using their tongue and the vomeronasal or Jacobson’s organ (heh, my surname is Jacobson :)). The organ recognizes the molecules and sends a message to the brain. The tongue is bifurcated so that the snake can collect more air.
Next week starts summer! at the moment our days are in Finland are long as the sun rises 4:14 and sets 22:30. After mid summer (in the end of June) days are getting shorter and soon it is autumn again 😂 Namely time is flying as the days are similar due to Corona isolation.
Thank you for reading my post! Take care and Wellcome back again 🙂
Spring greeting from Finland!