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Frog (& Toad) Song
Lens: FA 100 Macro Camera: K 5 II S Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 10-29-2017, 05:29 PM

One of the many joys of my job is field work monitoring both plant and animal diversity. This past year, I got to spend a fair amount of time up to my neck in various wetlands, observing and recording frog song. Here are a few samples:


Spring Peepers were my biggest challenge. They sing early in the season, when the wetlands are very chilly! And they are very shy. When you focus on one, you have to wait without moving a muscle for at least 20 minutes before he begins to sing again!




Peeper song, like all frog and toad song, is a mating song. Here are the darkest and palest males I spotted in the same near-frozen pool:








American Toads are the easiest to record - they sing day and night, and are not at all shy:



Of course, being bold and active in the day can have some serious consequences:





Cope's Gray Treefrogs only sing at night, and sing best on very humid summer nights.







One frog that is absent from my home park, but present in almost all the rest of the state, is our smallest native frog. These Cricket Frogs were singing along the shore at Fall Creek Falls State Park. They sound like someone clicking two pebbles together!






Hope you enjoyed this little sampling of the amazing amphibian diversity here in East Tennessee. Thanks in advance for any comments and critique!
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A very interesting and well shot series, nothing not to like!
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What a terrific series. Can only imagine all the effort to produce these wonderful images. Thanks so much for sharing.
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An interesting set of shots. We have had rain recently and the frogs are starting to call. It is always nice to hear them at night.

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Good times in the swamp. I'm always eagerly awaiting the first calls of spring. I know just how challenging the tiny peepers are to photograph in the dark, so great work!
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Wow.. what a great series.
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Talk about leading with your chin! Wonderful series.

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So good to have you back posting on the forums. I always look forward to seeing what you have been up to while you have been away. As always, this series doesn't disappoint.

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QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
A very interesting and well shot series, nothing not to like!
Thanks so much!


QuoteOriginally posted by Mr. Ed Quote
What a terrific series. Can only imagine all the effort to produce these wonderful images. Thanks so much for sharing.
Yes, a little effort and a lot of mud! But plenty of pleasure too.


QuoteOriginally posted by PJ1 Quote
An interesting set of shots. We have had rain recently and the frogs are starting to call. It is always nice to hear them at night.
Sure is a pleasant sound! I got several videos of these guys too, but not sure how to post them...


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Good times in the swamp. I'm always eagerly awaiting the first calls of spring. I know just how challenging the tiny peepers are to photograph in the dark, so great work!
Indeed a bit of a challenge - this is the first year I've had some success. Peepers are very sensitive to the slightest movement (even my teeth chattering in the cold mud!)


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Wow.. what a great series.
So glad you enjoyed them!


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Talk about leading with your chin! Wonderful series.
Sure is quite a chin! But look how different he looks when it's deflated:



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So good to have you back posting on the forums. I always look forward to seeing what you have been up to while you have been away. As always, this series doesn't disappoint.
Thanks so much for your kind words.
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Definitely a fascinating and educational series of images.
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only sing at night
So that's what you call it... here it's just a loud croaking hubbub.

You got some cracking shots mind.
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