South of Munich - 5th of November 2022

Our friend Daniel from Guatemala also lives in Munich now. Of course we had to meet, to search for his first Fire Salamanders! After a rainy morning we found a total of 34 Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) on the move and several White-throated Dippers (Cinclus cinclus).

Along the Isar - 8th of October 2022

A late season visit to a beautiful moor west of the Isar yielded quite some reptiles, thanks to the warmth of the sun. Several Sand Lizards (Lacerta agilis), a Viviparous Lizard (Zootoca vivipara) and three Adders (Vipera berus) were found.

South of Munich - 2nd of October 2022

While doing some maintenance on the ponds and puddles in our salamander woods, Laura and I found 29 Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) actively crawling around during the day, which is not unusual in this population.

Arzmoos - 12th of June 2022

For our annual anniversary picture we drove to the Arzmoos, one of our favourite places in the Alps. As we are participating in a study on Bsal in the Alps we brought the equipment with us to swab a large number of Alpine Salamanders (Salamandra atra). It was quite a sunny day so we even had a very chilly dip at the waterfall and a much warmer swim in the hidden bog. The warm weather also brought out Silvery Monkey Beetles (Hoplia argentea) in numbers I never saw before. A circling Black Stork (Ciconia nigra) completed another great day in the mountains.

Along the Isar - 20th of March 2022

In a very beautiful moor east of the Isar, Niklas, Laura and I went on to search for snakes. The sun was out and all reptiles were basking, although very cryptically. We found a big Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) basking on top of the vegetation and a few hidden Adders (Vipera berus). One melanistic female Adder was very alert but was feeling secure enough to allow some nice in-situ pictures.

Along the Isar - 5th of March 2022

A month later than last year but we found the first Adder of the new year!