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Wednesday, 21 March 2012


I've had a small 'wildlife' pond in my garden for a few years now.
It only measures about four feet by three feet, a lot of shallow area, and probably about two feet at its deepest part.

The birds love to bathe and drink from it, and at this time of the year, it plays host to a frog invasion.

I say invasion, but they are probably in the garden all year; it's just that at this time of the year, they are very visible........and very vocal.

I think they are a great addition to any garden, especially as a lot of their natural habitat is being lost to development.
A small garden pond is something most of us with a garden can do. It not only helps some of the local wildlife, it can sometimes be the life line some animals need.

One 'croak' I love to hear about.


  1. That is a lot of frogs in such a small space! They seem to be unbothered by your presence. Love the video! :)

    I have plans to build a pond in our yard, but can't decide where to put it yet.

  2. They always seem to have such a look of expectation on their faces.

    I like the idea of having a pond in the garden.

  3. Thanks Wanda. A pond in the garden, no matter how big or small, is a great addition. Well worth the effort.

    Thanks Hilary. They always seem to be smiling to me lol
    Having a pond was one of the best things I did in my garden. Sitting here now, I can hear them croaking away. Natures music.

  4. Beautiful stills and a grand video. They are wonderful things. I spent half an hour yesterday watching a heron foraging for them.

  5. HI Keith...Made me laugh..there faces are so cutw with those big eyes and what looks like permanat smile !!
    You sure hsve a lot of them ..: }
    I saw a couple in my little pond,but things aren't moving along as fast as you there...but with these temp's in the 70 to 80 the pond in the field next door will be alive with them..singing me to sleep ever night ..the best!!
    Hugs Grace

  6. Cheers Adrian. I've got quite a few in the pond at the moment. A heron would have a real feast here.

    Thanks Grace. Yea, they're lovely little creatures. They're croaking away like mad at the moment. lol

  7. wow. you really do have a bunch of them! SO cute. made me smile! what a great environment you provide!

  8. Wow! That is a lot of frog! Love the first photo. What a handsome dude!

  9. Keith, great shots! I love the first one. It's grin is priceless!

  10. Awesome stills and video. There are so many frogs in your pond because it is mating season for them. They were mating in front of you eyes. Never saw so many in such a small space. Great habitat for them.

  11. The first photo is wonderful. I couldn't help but smile back at the smile on the frog's face. Your pond is proof that it doesn't have to be elaborate to be serviceable.

  12. Superb images, especially 2 and 3.

  13. Thanks Theresa. It's great watching them this time of year.

    Thanks Barbara. A happy looking frog :-)

    Thanks Robin.

    Thanks Horst. I seldom see them any other time of the year. They must hide pretty good lol

    Thank you Linda :-)

    Thanks Christian :-)

  14. Wow excellent and at least it gives a nice nature subject all year around ;-) Almsot all year around ;-) These are nice shots Keith and I enjoy the video a lot ;-)

  15. Wonderful to see Keith..
    It was toads I saw at the weekend on one of my local ponds.
    I will go back this weekend to see if they have spawned..

  16. Great pictures of frogs, and you do have a lot of them. I hear them but very rarely see one.

  17. Thanks Andrew.
    Hope you manage to find some. :-)

    Thanks Gillian. They're quite vocal here at the moment, but lovely to hear them.

  18. Masz ich w swoim stawie faktycznie dużo. Z przyjemnością kilka przyjmę do swojego stawu, bo nie mam już ich od dwóch lat. Zaskrońce skutecznie je przestraszyły. Pozdrawiam.*** You have them in your pond actually a lot. We are pleased a few accessories for your pond, because I no longer have them for two years. Snake would be real scared. Yours.

  19. Love your water garden...and the FROGS....stellar shots love the eyes.

  20. Oh, I love froggies and your photos of them! Nothing like hearing their croaking!

  21. Thank you Giga. I think I have more than my pond can handle :-)

    Thanks Sondra. :-)

    Reena, they certainly let me know they're here :-)

  22. Really beautiful photos Keith!!! The first is my favourite. I also enjoyed the video and was pleased to get an idea of the size of your pond when you panned back at the end. Thanks for giving the dimensions in the text. I really would like one in my garden but am worried that there are too many trees which would shed their leaves into it.

  23. Fantastic... :D so pleased you've been invaded.

    I miss my pond at the "old" house and must think about adding one to my "new" garden...

  24. Thank you Jan. The pond was one of the best features I put in the garden. When I sited it I didn't think about leaves; it's under a clematis lol
    Being small though, it doesn't take much to fish them out with a net.
    I'd advise any one to think about having one.

    Thanks Tricia. They're a most valuable asset to any garden.

  25. A garden pond, however small, is very useful in observing and photographing wildlife. It's amazing how all those critters find their way in soon after it's assembled, frogs, water striders, diving beetles,you name it! Great photos there Keith, I sure tons to catch up with after my long absence!

  26. Great shots!! :) I've always wanted a pond with frogs, I love listening to them at night...and luckily now there is water nearby my house and it sounds like it's full of hundreds of frogs lol. Now I'm inspired to go get some shot, thanks! Hope your doing well :)

  27. Amila, thank you. Good to see you back. :-)

    Thanks Hillary. Yea, they are fascinating creatures. :-)