Tag Archives: Frogs

My photograph of the month for September

My choice for my photo for September was clear. This little moment of urban wild was a real highlight for me.

Walking along a path in the rain, housing estate lining one side and the river the other, I stumbled on this handsome frog. Sat proud in the middle of the path, I got down low to capture the frog in its urban surroundings.

Once I had photographed its best side, the frog hopped off to the damp safety of the nearby river bank, leaving me with a this photo and a spring in my step!

Frog

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#30DaysWilds – Day 13 – Tiny frogs and colourful close-ups

Today I thought I’d take a closer look at some of nature’s beauty. All that detail and colour. My only challenge was photographing it in the wind!

Best moment was when a small movement on the surface of some damp ground grabbed my attention. I thought it was a beetle, then I saw some more movement. I inspected the area more closely and saw that the tiny creatures were juvenile frogs! They shone like gems in the sunlight! Utterly delightful!

Day 13

 

 

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My photograph from April

With the coming of Spring, nature really has sprung to life!

Blossom is flowering, the warblers are arriving and the bees are buzzing! All of which has gotten me out and about with my camera enjoying the blue sunny skies! So much so, I had a really tough time choosing my photo for this month.

After much deliberation I chose this photo of a buzzard, I watched this beauty soar low over my head while walking through one of my favourite nature reserves – The Knapp and Papermill. It was a impressive moment to watch, made all the more unique when I realised the buzzard had a frog clutched in its claws!

Bad news for the frog, good news for the buzzard and a magnificent sight for me to see!

Buzzard with Frog in its claws!

Click here to see my January Photograph , February Photograph and March Photograph

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Things that Spring

The days have been getting longer and the anticipation has been growing stronger. Spring is here! The time of year that delights everyone! Migrant animals start arriving, the hibernating beasts awake and the naturalist relish every minute.

 

Frog SpawnA mass of tadpoles!

 

 

 

 

Froglet

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the time of year where you can watch spawn turn to tadpoles, tadpoles to froglets, froglets to frogs.

 

Young Smooth Newt

 

 

 

Smooth Newt

Smooth Newt

 

 

 

 

 

Common Newts wake from their muddy winter hibernation and migrate to local ponds. A new generation is brought about by captivating flashing of tails.

 

Dung Fly

 

New sightings can be made. To me, cow pats are something to avoid rather than take a closer look at, otherwise I might have seen this odd looking Dung Fly before. There’s always something new to find in this big wide natural world.

 

PeacockSmall Tortoiseshell

 

 

 

 

Speckled Wood

 

 

 

 

 

Peacocks; Small Tortoiseshells; Speckled Wood start appearing and flitting about!

 

Blue Tit fledglingGreat Tit

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Tit and Great Tit chicks are heard and then seen. Some are keenly watched by millions from egg to first flight; others families are the private delight to a loyal naturalist visiting their treasured local spot.

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