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Baby Tree Frogs

As part of our commitment to the California Department of Fish and Game, the Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club went out to survey for Northern Leopard Frogs this morning.  We didn’t find any, but we weren’t really expecting to.  They haven’t been seen in this area in many years.  We did find some freshly metamorphosed Pacific Tree Frogs(Pseudacris regila), though.  A few of us found a breeding location, and spotted 15-20 or more froglets within 3 meters of each other.

In situ froglet

Pacific Tree Frog

Pseudocris regila

These little amphibians are absolutely adorable.  Given the size and number of bass and bullfrogs we found in the area, it’s really quite a testament to this tree frog’s resiliency that they are coming back and doing so well.  Hopefully, we can find a population of Northern Leopard frogs that have been hiding…

We also saw a ton of dragon flies, some of which I posted earlier.  Here are a few more of those, as well…

Thanks for taking the time to look!

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62 responses

  1. Hello – I’m really glad I found your blog! I’ve just learned the word herpetology, enjoyed your fantastic photographs and found you on Flickr too!

    June 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm

  2. lovely macro shots 😀

    June 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

  3. Lovely photos. I have some sort of little frogs around my house in TX. Not sure what they are, but they sure do jump!

    June 28, 2010 at 6:49 am

  4. squirrelsloveacorns

    I love your photos! I have never seen a frog in Boston, or a snake for that matter. It’s depressing. Thank you for sharing! Keep posting interesting photos like this 🙂

    June 28, 2010 at 6:56 am

    • Boston? There are frogs, salamanders and garter snakes in your neck of the woods. Get out on a warm day, walk alongside a creek, and flip over some of those old, rotting planks of wood or corrugated tin sheets. There is almost always something slithery to look at!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      June 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

      • squirrelsloveacorns

        Haha I know there are some, but I just never seem to find any! I live next to Fenway Park and near many parks here and I only see catfish, turtles, and squirrels. They seem to stay as far away from the commotion as possible, which would make sense. I’m trying to find them but they are way too good at their hiding skills.

        June 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

  5. PurpleB

    ok. the dragon flies are cool but the frogs…mmmmm ! great job capturing the moment.

    June 28, 2010 at 7:08 am

  6. I am afraid of frogs lol I see one every now and again in my yard

    June 28, 2010 at 7:20 am

    • Ahh…reptiles and amphibians are my passion. I love them all from the tiny little froggies to the highly dangerous rattlesnakes. It’s easy to love the small, furry mammals. Someone has to love the slithery and the slimy. That’s where I come in!

      Thanks for the comment!

      June 28, 2010 at 8:51 am

  7. Those frogs are SO tiny! And cute. Great photos, interesting post.
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    June 28, 2010 at 7:40 am

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    June 28, 2010 at 7:45 am

  9. I didn’t know they made frogs that small. They have to be careful they don’t get stepped on!

    The Codger
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    June 28, 2010 at 8:06 am

    • Yes, they do need to exercise some caution. They are tiny and quick, thankfully. We actually discovered a small breeding pool where we found 20 or so of these tiny froglets hopping about. Every gentle step I took was accentuated by 3 or 4 froglets hopping out of the way!

      Thanks for visiting!

      June 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

  10. LOVE those photos!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:30 am

  11. they are adorable and yeah, the carnivorous behavior of larger frogs is sort of sad.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:53 am

  12. buytupperwarebangalore

    Gosh I love yr photos of the dragonfly…..awesome

    June 28, 2010 at 9:10 am

  13. I live in Central Illinois (Peoria). We’ve had two very wet springs in a row; hence the frogs and toads are making a comeback. I like to hike and often I see large puddles laden with tadpoles in different stages. I’ve also heard more frogs than usual; (rana clamitans and rana Rana catesbeianas (green frogs and bull frogs).

    I hope that your leopard frogs come back.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

  14. Fantastic photos! Baby frogs and dragonflies have been the subject of my photography lately as well.

    June 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

  15. Love the little frogs! They are so tiny – and you got the perfect shot showing their size relative to the real world.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:11 am

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  17. What technique do you use to get the pictures of the dragonflies?

    June 28, 2010 at 11:13 am

    • Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet and muddy. I basically hung out alongside some slow moving spring creeks and a couple ponds. I found a comfortable spot with reasonable backgrounds and dragonflies flitting about, propped a couple of sticks in the water nearby, and waited. The insects readily accepted my offered perching locations, and I took the shots using a 105mm macro lens at various aperture settings from f/2.8 to f/11.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm

  18. your dragonfly pictures are absolutely stunning! How did you capture that much detail and beauty?!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

    • Sigma 105mm f/2.8 DGmacro lens. This lens is simply incredible. Wonderful bokeh and exceptional sharpness and image quality.

      June 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm

  19. Lovely photos in this post! I really enjoyed them. Now… I’m off to take a look at the rest of your blog. 🙂

    June 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

  20. baby tree frogs r cute.

    baby humans r cuter.

    i lyk d metallic green to orange transition.

    June 28, 2010 at 12:47 pm

  21. ancientfoods

    Fantastic photo’s-

    June 28, 2010 at 1:02 pm

  22. Since I have an Equine/Animal Sanctuary in the wetlands of Florida I have many frogs to entertain me, but you have shown me pictures of a type of frog I have never seen before. I go to sleep at night with the sounds of my frogs singing to me. When I am at one of our fish ponds I laugh at how the frogs follow my bobber on my fishing line waiting for their dinner also.

    An advantage of creating this privately owned animal sanctuary of Green Acres Fish Farm is that I don’t have to drive a long distance or even walk very far to enjoy all of these animals. And my animals are no longer afraid of people so I can watch them up close in their natural habitat.

    Dwayne L. Gillispie

    June 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    • That’s excellent! I live in the middle of the high desert at the feet of the Sierra Nevada mountains. There are whiptail and spiny lizards living all over my yard and under the house. We(my 6 year old daughter and myself) like to feed them mealworms. It always amazes me how quickly they learn to associate us as a food source rather than a threat.

      June 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

  23. Sum

    Wow. These are amazingly well captured! Love the photos!

    June 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm

  24. LOVE the photos! I showed them to my son!

    June 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

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  26. great macros, are you using a nikon?

    June 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    • No, I shoot with an Olympus E-520 and was using a Sigma EX 105mm f/2.8 DGmacro lens for these shots.

      June 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

  27. Your photographs are amazing! We used to live just down the road from an unintended swamp where a variety of frogs would croon us to sleep most nights. Under the cover of darkness, my husband and I would often take our walks to the swamp, speaking quietly, then not at all, just listening to nature. Moving into the city, the melodies they sang have been replaced by sirens and traffic, but their memory, and now your blog, has served as a reminder as to why we need to protect life here on earth.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

  28. Beautiful photography! 🙂 Makes me miss being out at camp every summer. Frogs and dragonflies everywhere…

    June 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

  29. Wonderful photos – love the little “froglets”! 😉
    Congrats on the front page feature

    June 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  30. Lisa Ra'cz

    I enjoyed this article post. Great pictures and lovely topic. I am an environment writer and my blog articles touch on similar interesting stories. To read my blog and follow on Twitter click on http://lisaracz.wordpress.com.

    I love frogs by the way, because their important for bug control and are almost magical!!

    Lisa

    June 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  31. Natalya

    Cute and amazing photographs! I love the smaller frogs, but toads and bullfrogs-not so much 🙂 I have a few African Dwarf Frogs and they are just the cutest things.

    Anyway, before I continue to ramble on, great post!

    June 28, 2010 at 6:46 pm

  32. Very informative! Thanks!

    June 28, 2010 at 6:58 pm

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  34. Lulu

    frogs here are just so big!
    Great photos ! I like them

    June 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  35. I love frogs and these little guys are just so cute. I never knew dragon flies had so much color. Great shots!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

  36. AlphaGuy

    Great photos!

    June 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

  37. It’s very little frog.It’s so cute.

    June 28, 2010 at 8:52 pm

  38. Nice pictures! Those frogs are so cute. We used to hunt little ones like that when I was a kid vacationing in PA.
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    June 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

  39. Awesome post. I love this high-def nature pictures, I always use them for the desktop background.

    Thanks
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    June 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

  40. AMAZING MACROS!!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:47 pm

  41. katz

    Precious! He’s so dinky.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:51 pm

  42. Songbird

    Pictures of those dragonflies are gorgeous!!!

    June 28, 2010 at 11:59 pm

  43. jenthefrog

    beautiful shots! also, i love frogs!!! so that’s really awesome you could find some to take pictures of. ♥

    June 29, 2010 at 4:12 am

  44. Incredible photos. Thanks for doing this work.

    I live beside a marsh/pond where two types of frogs lull me to sleep at night. I LOVE their lullaby.

    When the town treats the pond for weeds I think there are fewer frogs. Just one pond-dweller’s observation.

    Our children are going to look back at the last century and ask, “What were you thinking?”

    June 29, 2010 at 5:39 am

  45. Andrew Gray

    Cool post and great pics!

    If your’e interested, more froggy stuff at frogblogmanchester.wordpress.com

    June 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

  46. Callib L. Carver

    I love these pics. As a fellow photographer I am jealous that you got these shots.

    June 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

  47. very neat photography! the dragonfly looks so cute carrying the stick. your work is very fascinating! i love 2 see more pics!

    June 30, 2010 at 6:56 am

    • Thanks for commenting! None of the dragonflies are in flight during the photos. They are all individual animals perched atop sticks, attempting to attract a mate. Some of the sticks are natural, some are sticks I placed at the water’s edge to try and get better backgrounds for the shots. But just to clarify, none of the insects are in flight or “carrying” those sticks. They are merely perched.

      June 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

  48. Superb shots. Great details and stunning highlights.

    July 3, 2010 at 8:58 am

  49. greenworldpeace14

    Woah, amazing pictures! And baby frogs are so cute! 🙂
    -GWP14

    July 4, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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