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A very obliging wild Common Frog (Rana temporaria), taken in our garden a couple of days ago, from a very low POV (during which process I got very wet!)

Although called the common frog, this species is now becoming much less common in Britain, especially in rural areas. The widespread use of insecticides, and the diminishing number of breeding ponds has greatly reduced their numbers.

The colour of these frogs can vary a lot (see photos above), but the majority are olive-green with black patches. In addition to this camouflage colouring they have eyes and nostrils on top of their heads. This allows them to see and breathe while keeping most of their body hidden underwater.

Many frogs find refuge in urban gardens, but here too there are threats to the frogs survival. Domestic cats pose a danger, and also eating slugs, which have been poisoned by slug pellets.

The breeding season runs from January through to April, although some frogs will continue spawning until late summer. The bloated frog in the photo above is ready to spawn - hence the appearance.

Each female lays up to 2000 eggs (called frogspawn) in water. Only about 1 in 1,000 will survive to become a mature adult. After three or four weeks, the eggs hatch into tadpoles, which look like little fish. They breathe oxygen from the water through a pair of gills located just behind the head. (http://www.uksafari.com/frogs.htm)



Many thanks for your C&Cs on my last upload - always much appreciated Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:16 Oct 2012 - 5:31 PM
Focal Length:100mm 0.9m from subject, handheld
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/15sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:320
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Just Grinning in the Rain!
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:19 Oct 2012 - 1:14 PM
Tags:Amphibian, Close-up, Common, Frog, Garden, Grinning, Obliging, Rain, Rana temporaria, Wildlife / nature
Votes:29

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 1:22 PM

wouldnt want to try and find out if this one would change into a prince ..Wink
Great image

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 1:44 PM

My, what big eyes you've got SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Carol

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 2:08 PM

You must have been lying flat out on the wet deck for this one but what a great shot to capture, Sylvia.
Ronnie.

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 2:24 PM

Excellent capture. Wonderful detail in him..............Sandy

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 3:01 PM

He is a vey handsome fella Sylvia. Who gets to kiss this one I wonder???
Ron

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christinecilia
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19 Oct 2012 - 3:31 PM

lovely detail great shot.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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19 Oct 2012 - 3:43 PM

He has one heck of a six packWink
Diane

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
19 Oct 2012 - 3:48 PM

Nice macro shot good detail, like that we get hundreds of frogs like them, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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HenB
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19 Oct 2012 - 3:59 PM

Great shot . Taken from the only place that would give it this wooomph.
Regards Harry

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johnjo58
johnjo58 e2 Member 4johnjo58 vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 4:20 PM

A wonderful photo Sylvia, especially like the low POV, great work

Davd

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 5:02 PM

Well worth getting wet for Sylvia - I'll have to introduce you to groundsheets next time we're out Wink ...now watch the comments flood in Tongue

Stay dry...if you can...

Mike

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41046 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 5:11 PM

A 'wide-mouthed' frog if I ever I saw one GrinGrin Great low view, Sylvia.

Dave

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Oct 2012 - 8:42 PM

I wouldn't like him to come sit on my foot but I do find frogs quite appealing, no idea why - unless in a previous world I was a princessWinkWinkWink

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2012 - 1:45 PM

Excellent eye contact and low PoV Sylvia, I can't imagine epzer gary_d volunteering to give her a big kiss! lol Wink

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
20 Oct 2012 - 6:01 PM

Good find and capture Sylvia, they don't stand a chance in our garden.....If the cats don't get em, the hedgehogs do Sad

Ade

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MossyOak
MossyOak  2 England15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Oct 2012 - 2:50 PM

Excellent and thoroughly wild in nature Sylvia. This is leaps above those staged shots you see all the time
Richard

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