Sweden – 2014

In 2014 I had several trips to Sweden to look for some species we do not have in Norway. The Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) and the Natterjack (Bufo calamita). This post consist of several trips made april to june.
The sand lizard has some relictual populations in Sweden, starting around Strømstad, not many miles from the Norwegian border – but so far we do not find them in Norway.    The same thing is with the Natterjack, they are a bit further south than the Sand lizard, but not much.   Both species is very interesting and exotic for us Norwegians.    On these trips I’ve found both target species and some other nice reptiles.   Here is some of the pictures !

Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard Nikon D4s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis – Sand Lizard
Nikon D4s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard Nikon D4s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis – Sand Lizard
Nikon D4s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

In april, they do not have the brightest color yet – but you can get a glimpse of how magnificent they will be a bit later in the spring!

 

Vipera berus - Adder Nikon D4s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 Macro

Vipera berus – Adder
Nikon D4s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 Macro

Vipera berus - Adder Nikon D4s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 Macro

Vipera berus – Adder
Nikon D4s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 Macro

Vipera berus - Adder Nikon D4s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 Macro

Vipera berus – Adder
Nikon D4s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 Macro

The adders however, are on their finest at this time – specially the males off course

Anguis fragilis - Slow Worm Nikon D4s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro + 1.4TC

Anguis fragilis – Slow Worm
Nikon D4s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro + 1.4TC

 

Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard Nikon D3s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis – Sand Lizard
Nikon D3s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard Nikon D3s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis – Sand Lizard
Nikon D3s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis - Sand Lizard Nikon D3s - Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

Lacerta agilis – Sand Lizard
Nikon D3s – Sigma 180 f/2.8 OS Macro

But in late may, early june the sand lizard really show thei potential – and is a feast for the eyes !

 

Bufo calamita - Natterjack Nikon D4s - Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo calamita – Natterjack
Nikon D4s – Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo calamita - Natterjack Nikon D4s - Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo calamita – Natterjack
Nikon D4s – Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo bufo - Toad Nikon D4s - Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo bufo – Toad
Nikon D4s – Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo bufo - Toad Nikon D4s - Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo bufo – Toad
Nikon D4s – Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo bufo - Toad Nikon D4s - Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

Bufo bufo – Toad
Nikon D4s – Nikkor 60 f/2.8 Micro

 

 

 

 

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