And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Quacking Frogs

Rain this past week has been coming down in bucket loads and frogs have been calling along all the creeks in the Jarrah forest. An area I often go to, has a creek running over a flat sheet of granite with rocks scattered over it. There seemed to be at least two frogs under every large rock, many with eggs. I could hear other species, but all the frogs I found under the rocks were Quacking Frogs (Crinia georgiana).
For a single species, there seems to be so much variation in just an area of 10 metres. Normally you can tell the species by it's red or gold eyelids and red groin, but some didn't even have that.


















4 comments:

Kelly said...

Very cool. I love listening to frogs, and I know a little about them, but not nearly enough. Thanks for the info!

Denis Wilson said...

Good to see it is raining over there, Richard.
Nice to see that pair breeding and with eggs already laid.
Rain is good for Frogs and good for the bush and people too.

Cheers
Denis

S.C.E. said...

It hasn't stopped raining here all summer..........

Quacking Frog is a cool name I have to say.

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