Cyril was in heaven when he found the rare male marbled newt in this small pond on a spring day with good light, clear water and few predators around. As the newt paused just below the surface amongst the stems ‘like a dinosaur in a meadow,’ Cyril captured this golden portrait.
Marbled newts, although common across the border in Spain, are the rarest amphibian in the region of Burgundy, France, where they are locally endangered. During the breeding season, the male displays its distinctive, striped crest that stands tall and smooth along the length of its mottled back.
Canon EOS 5D; 14mm f2.8 lens; 1/13 sec at f18; ISO 100; Ikelite housing; two Ikelite DS160 strobes; remote shutter release.
Yonne, Burgundy, France
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