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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Frogs

I’ve got a small pond in my garden; just 5 foot by 4 foot. No fish, but a few frogs, and anything else that happens along. It’s pretty much left to its own devices, but for the last couple of years it has produced some frogspawn, some tadpoles, and then some little frogs.

Where they go once they leave the pond, I’ve no idea; but each year some bigger ones return, spawn, and the life cycle goes on again.

A couple of days ago, I noticed some frogspawn amongst the plants.



The next morning, there was another clump, and today, when I finished work, I counted at least 9 large frogs enjoying the sun.

Here’s a few pictures, and a short video.












Enjoy the rest of the weekend, whatever you are doing.

49 comments:

  1. Your photo's are exceptional and a joy to see.

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  2. Oh all those happy frogs and lots of eggs! I love that you let this little pond just be natural for whoever wants to enjoy it and use it. :) Wonderful!

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  3. Hi Keith...oh does that ever make me long for spring and my little pond to open up. It still has a slice of ice on it!!
    The third picture is super!!
    Your frogs are so comical,you just can't help but laugh they are so cute !!
    I sure would love to hear them croaking about now!! lol
    Hugs!!

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  4. Frog spawn & frog spa. Looks like you got a 'to die for' frog jacuzzi Keith, that video is sooooo cool, I adore frogs....

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  5. Isn't it just amazing how every year frogs turn up at garden ponds, no matter how big or small, do their thing and all but disappear for the rest of the year?

    A wonderful thing nature! :o)

    Great images Keith, and a Butterfly too, Spring is definitely here.

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  6. Thank you Deborah, I'm glad you enjoyed them. :)

    Thanks texwisgirl. The pond looks after itself, and the birds love it in the summer, when they splash around in there.

    Thanks grammie. Those frogs put a smile on my face this afternoon too. It's so good to see animals enjoying themselves like that.

    Thanks Debbie. They're great to watch; but I've no idea where they go to when they grow up. I must have hundreds in the garden lol

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  7. Trevor, nature never ceases to amaze me. It is wonderful indeed. I'm going to enjoy following the progress of these froglets. :)

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  8. I just love listening to frogs,I even bought a cd of their chorus!Great pictures ,they are really big.
    My elderly neighbor did not open his inground pool last year & we were able to watch the tree frog tadpoles grow.phyllis

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  9. Lovely images Keith I really like 2 and 3.
    Have you tried kissing one...it might just be a beautiful Princess!
    Take care.. Andrew.

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  10. Keith, brilliant.....how they know where to go is way beyond me. I love them but prefer toads for their chameleon ability. Frogs do it but toads seem to do it quicker.
    A lovely post.

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  11. I had one put in my garden, about the same size as you, let's hope it becomes laden with frogs. Your pictures are the greatest.

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  12. WOW that amazing !!! here everything is still sleeping under a thick blanket of snow...your frogs are beautiful !!!

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  13. Hi Keith, no spawn yet in my pond up here in the North East - we've had some frosty nights and in the morning I've seen frogs moving around under the ice - but any day now the first spawn should appear...

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  14. Wow that's very cool Keith... Beautiful pictures of the adult as well as the spawn..

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  15. Great set of photos. I check my pond every day but no signs yet. Last year they were about a month behind everyone else. Mind you, they probably work at Lincolnshire speed - why do today what you can put off until tomorrow. lol

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  16. It incredible what happens right under our noses. While we are worrying about bills and what to watch on telly there are some real life and death struggles going on, I'm sure I read somewhere that frog mortality from spawn is 99%. I look forward to keeping up with their progress on your blog.

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  17. You captured some good images, especially considering how quickly a frog can disappear and how inclined they can be to do so. I loved the way the one in the video disappeared when your zoom lens zoomed in too close.

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  18. You must be getting spring. The frogs look great, and isn't it funny where they come from? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  19. Natures cycle starts all over again. Lovely images from your pond. Hope you are bearing up under all the uncertainty. Cheers FAB.

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  20. Dear Keith,

    How lucky you are to have such a garden with a pond (it's a luxury in Istanbul) and what a fantastic experience, you observe each year the reproduction cycle of frogs! They must have chosen your pond because it's in a non-dangerous area, the frog spawns on the lake shores must be the meal of water birds, no?

    Have a delightful Sunday,

    Ciao!

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  21. Thank you Phyllis. They are lovely animals to watch, as they go through their life cycle.

    Andrew, there’s a thought lol
    Knowing my luck though, I’d get the prince!

    Thanks Adrian. I agree, how they find their spawning places, and even survive such fierce winters is a mystery to me too.

    Thanks Bob. I hope you get some move into your pond; they are fascinating to watch.

    Thank you Nikina. I hope we don’t get too many frosty nights now, or this spawn may perish.

    Amazing how they survive isn’t it Phil. I feel like spring is here now :)

    Thanks Chris. They make great subjects; when they keep still long enough lol

    I like the thought of Lincolnshire speed John. Sounds good to me lol

    Thanks David. That’s so true; we often miss a lot that happens around us.
    Probably a very realistic mortality figure too. Imagine all those frogs if they all grew! lol

    Thank you Linda. They certainly disappear quickly when they want to.

    Thanks Gary. I think spring has definitely arrived here. Clever how they know where to return to; but I’m glad they do.

    Cheers Frank. Yea, whatever life throws at us as individuals, life still carries on around us.

    Müge, thank you. I guess I’m very fortunate really. It’s a small garden, but I get some interesting birds visit, and the frogs.
    I imagine some shore birds would see frogspawn as a delicacy.
    When the tadpoles emerge from the spawn they become food for a lot of other predators too, and many don’t reach the stage of being a frog. A tough life being a frog :(
    Enjoy your Sunday too

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  22. Wow what a wonderful series Keith !!! Cool to see all this froggies in your garden ;)

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  23. Gorgeous Frog photos Keith, they really are! I enjoyed the video too, it made me laugh when the Frog suddenly ducked under the water.

    It was very quick but I think your butterfly was a Small Tortoiseshell?

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  24. Thank you Pescalune. They were quite noisy this morning lol

    Thank you Sarah :)

    Thanks Jan. Yea, you're right about the butterfly, a Small Tortoiseshell. First one I've seen this year.

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  25. Some quality images there Keith, well done again.

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  26. Awseome serie, the 2nd is great with the eggs in background!

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  27. Thanks Bob :)

    Thank you Dominic :)

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  28. ...very cool, Keith. I love your froggy photos, and you really do have a lot of frogs! I've been thinking about digging a pond for my yard for a long time...maybe your frogs will inspire me!

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  29. Thanks Kelly.
    It's well worth the effort of digging a pond. Mine is only small, but the birds love the shallow end to bathe in. Great fun to watch them.

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  30. Brilliant photos Keith. I'll be building a pond for our garden this summer so I hope that in a couple of years we will be having as much success as you.

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  31. Mi agradecimiento por exponer estas bellas fotos. Cada vez que veo a estas bellezas de fauna no me canso de dar gracias a Dios por darme el poder la la visión y el cariño y respeto que les propago a todos los animalitos.
    Un saludo desde España

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  32. Your frogs photograph well. Your water-garden appears to be very healthy. Your video was so dang sweet!

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  33. Thanks Adam. I hope you get some success with yours.

    Rosa, thank you :)

    Thanks Jean. They're great to watch, and should provide a few more photo opportunities.

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  34. WOW that is so special...I love the frog photos!! Super job Keith.

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  35. Thanks Sondra. I should have a few opportunities for more pictures as the the young frogs emerge.

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  36. Wonderful as always Keith , loved catching up with your blog mate.

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  37. Oh my goodness! So many frogs! I loved it! You captured them beautifully, and I really like your pond.

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  38. Thanks Jen. It's quite a busy area of the garden at the moment.

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  39. Brilliant stuff Keith. So nice to see them in their natural habitat.

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  40. I bet you have fun watching the frogs. soon you will have many little ones! or do you already?

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  41. Thanks Trevor. They're great subjects; when they keep still long enough lol

    Thanks Doreen. They are interesting to watch. They're still in the frogspawn stage at the moment, about 5 big clumps.

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  42. Wow, that's a lot of frogs:) Very nie photos!

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  43. Thanks Joanna. There's a lot more spawn now too.
    Going to be a lot of little frogs soon ;)

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  44. I love your frogs :) I've always wanted a pond in my backyard for this reason lol. Great photos!

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  45. Thanks Hillary. Even a small pond is worthwhile. Always something going on there. :)

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  46. Haha, your frogs are great! They are looking so funny. Hugs from Luzia.

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  47. Thanks Lucy. I seem to be getting more frogs and spawn, by the day lol

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