Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Frog perspective

Moor Frog (Rana arvalis/Heikikker) in a hard backlight and a soft pastel sun-from-behind setting. The last 2 photos show a ♂ Moor Frog is mounted to a ♀ Green Frog (Rana esculenta/Groene Kikker). The photos are taken in a sheltered pool on the Strabrechtsche Heide. I has been a difficult season for Moor Frogs this year. They appeared at March 18th in the south of our country, when we had a couple of warmer days. But soon after that king winter returned. Even now in April we still have serious strong north-easterlies with sub-zero nights. In early morning all water is covered with a thin sheet of ice. I don’t know what happened to the Moor Frogs during this prolonged cold and frosty period. But today in the afternoon sun they are out. There are also several jelly spawn lumps in the water containing eggs with frost damage. The ♂♂ are not blue as usual, but grayish. Is the display already over the top?

* Canon EOS 7D, 300mm/f4.0; ISO-200, f4.0, 1/1600s; bean bag.
* Canon EOS 7D, 100mm/f2.8; ISO-400, f7.1, 1/400s; hand held.
* Canon EOS 7D, 100mm/f2.8; ISO-400, f7.1, 1/500s; -0.3 stop; hand held.

1 comment:

advanduren said...

Hoi Gerard,

Prachtige serie heikikkers, vooral de eerste met de diafragmaringen is geweldig mooi. Ik heb ze dit jaar helaas niet kunnen fotograferen, het was erg magertjes en voorbij voordat je er erg in had.