Thursday, 15 September 2011

Adder (Vipera berus)

The quality of this shot is pretty poor (the foliage between lens and subject rather spoils things and the adder was on the move and gone in a moment) but I've posted it because it's rewarding to have captured the detail of the flicking tongue as the reptile makes a chemical scan what may lie ahead. Despite warmish sunshine, the peak temperature today was 14ÂșC and this small male was my only sighting. Guessing it won't be long before they all tuck themselves away and wait for spring.

Canon 1Ds Mk II, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/1,600th sec, f/5.6, 400mm at ISO 640


  1. Like most of my shots Tim, there is always something inthe way! See my blackcap today :-)

    Still a very nice Adder though

  2. You got the tongue in action, that's the main thing I think.

  3. These are great Images Tim,glad to see you kept your distance.