Amphibiens & Reptiles 2018/2019

  • I don't have a garden pond so I have been looking for frogs in every pool. I found loads of spawn but almost no frogs, until I came across this spot. Loads of amphibian activity ...

    I spent an hour or two watching numerous singles and couples and even spotted a few newts, though they were impossible to photograph. For twenty minutes I was thinking the super-telephoto doesn't focus close enough but the 105mm macro doesn't have enough pull before I remembered to take the converter off the super-telephoto and put it on the macro … doh! It also reminds me I need a polarising filter sorted for wildlife lenses as well as landscapes!

    Frogs eyes are fabulous colours but there are just too many in this shot … creepy!

      

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    Nige   Flickr

  •  My new resident in the pond ... reasonably big frog which came from my neighbour's pond as she regretfully has to give it up ... also have seven baby goldfish now residing in my newly refurbished wildlife pond, 4 gold & 3 black&gold !

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • 20 days later than the original lot of Frogspawn we came home today to find another freshly laid batch.

    Roughly clenched fist sized.

    And a quick look at the original batch, roughly flattened Turnip sized.!!

    And a close up of the developing chaos.

    My bird photos HERE

  • Soooooo envious ... still no females here!!  In fact have turned over my newly prepared  wildlife pond over to half a dozen orphaned baby goldfish from over the road neighbour ... I do have another small pre-formed pond which I can whip into action should there be any frogspawn!!!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • Gosh Paul, it must be very satisfying after all your hard work to do the pond to get the frogs breeding there. Well done!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • I've just seen my first tiny tadpole of the year next to a clump of jellied eyes (oh, alright, frogs eggs) - just the one, looking a little lonely!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Will never look at frogspawn in the same light again Nige! Lol. Sure you're lonely one will have a zillion siblings by morning!

    Still none here but do have a Newt now, magically appeared in goldfish/frog pond two nights ago ... unless one of my garden worms has sprouted legs!

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • I keep looking for newts … and have actually seen a couple, but they don't hang around long enough to ID let alone photograph!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • In reply to WendyBartter:

    WendyBartter said:
    do have a Newt now, magically appeared in goldfish/frog pond two nights ago .

    Taken me since 14th April to get a pic ... smooth newt night before last

    Frog count now risen to seven & still no spawn!!!

    Six here

    The two bigger ones

     

     2013 photos & vids here

    eff37 on Flickr

  • I'm surprised you've still got frogs. I haven't seen any for ages now as they seem to have re-dispersed. At least you've had a good view of the newt, even if it did require a lot of patience!

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    Nige   Flickr