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This is a Red-eyed Tree Frog, a very small frog that could just about fit into a matchbox, but the noise generated from such a small creature is astounding. In fact, it is deafening! They are lime green in colour with large red eyes, and a big yellow/orange throat.
These frogs are Australian natives and have scattered distribution along the Queensland and New South Wales coastline, from Prosperine in the north to mid-eastern New South Wales. Usually associated with coastal rainforests or wet sclerophyll forests. It spends much of its life high in the trees and is usually only seen in association with heavy rain when it descends to breed. Also found in association with flooded drains, water tanks and quarries at this time. Breeding is in spring and summer (October – February) after heavy rain when they congregate in and around flooded areas and mountain streams. Calling, amplexus and oviposition occurs in permanent and semi-permanent shallow pools in or besides streams and eggs are laid singly or in small clumps entangled in vegetation. (Basic information taken from amphibiaweb.org) This and the other photos in this series were taken in a friend's backyard in Tamborine Mountain QLD Australia, and there were several frogs having a swim in the backyard swimming pool. They are quite adaptable to take advantage of such conveniences, but their greatest threat is habitat loss.
With the exception of very ‘minor’ contrast adjustments, gentle sharpening and some spot cleaning of the glass, this photo is pretty much straight out of the camera. The background (fence post) has been gently softened with a gaussian blur to eliminate some grain noise. Other than that, I didn’t have to do much to it at all, the whole process taking no more than 10 minutes. The other photos in this series have also had minimal editing. The photos were taken at night with a flash. It was pitch black so I was surprised to get any decent images at all. As I rarely do any flash photography, these were a very pleasant surprise.
Spotted on Nov 12, 2011
Submitted on Apr 21, 2013
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