Sunday, 3 April 2011

Female Adder (Vipera berus)

This Adder (Vipera berus) – my first sighting of a female – slithered off into a burrow before I could change lenses and fire off even one more shot. The image does, however, provide an illustration of both the effectiveness of the Adder's camouflage and, secondly, what to look for if you're searching out these elusive but fascinating creatures.

Canon 1Ds MkII, 1/800 sec, f/6.3, 70mm at ISO 500


  1. Excellent habitat shot. Still looking for my first spring sighting.

  2. Hi Frank. Thanks, but I wish I'd swapped lenses more quickly. There certainly do seem to be considerably more males around, but that's always likely.