Friday, April 1, 2011

Frog Frolic at Fotherdale

We moved to Fotherdale Farm in 1998 and one of the first things I did was build a pond.Now we have a very healthy frog and toad population. The other day I counted 80 as they were spawning.

As you approach the pond they tend to disappear under the water. But if you lie down they soon reappear.

Plus getting a low perspective makes for better photographs. In this one you can see the yellow flag irises reflected in the water.You can tell the difference between frogs and toads by their size, by the fact that toads walk and frogs hop and are generally more streamlined. Also toads are warty and have slit eyes.March is the mating season for both species and it can seem a bit frenzied. Here two frogs are mating.

But here there seems to be a bit of confusion! This toad is getting over friendly with a frog.

And this toad is in a frog sandwich!!!