Palmate Newt Swimming Underwater

15th April 2014
For some time I have wanted to photograph the British Wildlife found in our ponds, lakes, rivers and streams. I have tried various methods of doing this (sometimes at great expense) with little success. Recently I have been experimenting with a GoPro 3+. These little cameras are most often used in filming extreme sports due to their small size, wide angle lens and durability. They also come with very sturdy underwater housing, which is what caught my attention. Using a homemade extendable pole mount and a bit of patience I was able to capture the video of a male palmate newt moving around its pond.

Okay, so the footage is shaky and not all that clear (best to watch in 1080p), but it's a start. It's fascinating to see these animals head on in their underwater world. As a professional ecologist, I come across newts a lot in my day job, but this is the first time I have seen them from this perspective. Hopefully I can improve on my first clips in the coming weeks and capture something really interesting soon.

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