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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A Frog He Would A Wooing Go

Fifth day of consecutive sun from a cloudless sky. A week or so ago I never though I'd be writing that.

My visitors have gone and I am back in Blogland.

The frogs have completely taken over the pond and are making sure that the world knows that Spring is here.











28 comments:

  1. My dear sir - I understood that you were a gentleman and yet here you are posting pictures of copulating frogs! This is against the edicts of The Presbyterian Church and will undoubtedly distress any frogs who happen to visit your blog. Some might even croak.

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    1. I'm sorry YP but copulating per se isn't against the edicts of The Presbyterian Church so long as it's for procreation and you don't enjoy it. I'm sure the frogs satisfied the first criteria although I'm less certain about the second. There was certainly plenty of croaking going on!

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    2. Graham, if you are going to provide information to the uninitiated, at least provide complete information. You're also not allowed to do it standing up, in case people think you're dancing!

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    3. Thank you for that absolutely accurate clarification Marcel. I apologise for the aberration.

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  2. Well, there are some happy frogs! Wasn't there a ringtone or something called Happy Frog by the way?
    It is always cheering to see nature having its way!

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    1. Ah well Jenny if the frogs were happy perhaps YP was correct. I won't argue with your second sentence given the spirit in which it was meant but, to be honest, I find nature having its way most depressing at times.

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  3. Oh yes, it looks like you're going to have many more frogs before too long.

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    1. Oh yes Red there will be tadpoles a plenty and frogs by the bucket load.

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  4. I haven't seen frogs in a pond for yeas! quite takes me back to my UK days of collecting frog spawn and rearing tadpoles. Haven't bothered here because the rules on native frogs are strict...http://www.nzfrogs.org/Resources/Kids+Information/Keeping+Frogs.html
    I'm not going out at night with a torch to check where the spawn comes from!
    Great pics :)

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    1. That was a very interesting article Fiona but, so far as my memory serves me, I don't recall seeing frogs in New Zealand either despite some big ponds near The Cottage.

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  5. Oh, lucky you having such entertaining friends in your pond. I miss frogs.

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    1. They are certainly entertaining Pauline.

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  6. No frogs close enough here to hear them, but plenty of bird song and bird activity, such as them flitting by with twigs in their beaks, or fighting, and so on. Fourth day of sun here :-)

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    1. The birds have certainly been more 'alive' since the sun's been shining Meike but I've not seen signs of nest building yet although they may well be doing it without telling me.

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  7. This is really good. I have yet to find any frogs or toads. Do you have a polarising filter? It would cut the reflections but a grand sight anyway.

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    1. I've not seen any toads Adrian. Most of the photos were taken using a polarising filter. The angles and light were such that many of the photos would have been impossible without. One problem is that the frogs usually disappear the second you go anywhere near the pond so most were taken with a telephoto lens.

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  8. Seems like you have created a frog paradise wirh your pond ;)

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    1. I'm told, Monica, that so many frogs are the sign of a healthy pond. I hope so.

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  9. Gosh! I wonder what the goldfish think about all that action!!

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    1. One of the light coloured ones seems definitely unimpressed. The others seem okay except when the frogs chase them.

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  10. My goodness the frogs have taken over your pond......oh dear the poor fish.

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    1. I assume that they do this every year Virginia. It's just that I'm not here to see it. I just see all the tadpoles when I get back from NZ.

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  11. Oh, lucky man! I love frogspawn (and recently posted about it). Lucky frogs, too, of coure...

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    1. Yes Frances. I missed your post. I'm not sure how. Omission now rectified.

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  12. Our frogs don't behave like that!!!! We are obviously more refined at this end of the village (or boring!!!!)

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    1. Refined frogs Carol? Hmmm or should that be croaaak?

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  13. Hahahaha....they make me smile. I like frogs :) These are rather large ones. We don't have them like that around our house, just tiny toads and little toadlings in the summertime. I'd sit for hours by the pond watching those little creatures.

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    1. Yes Heather there is something rather endearing about them. I counted 19 on the surface at one time on Thursday and then on Friday they disappeared and I haven't seen a single one since. I think they've laid their spawn and gone off for another year.

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