Monday, January 28, 2013

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frogs are Here! 28/01/13

I am very excited to write this post... Today Brendon headed down to the back of our property to view how much water was flowing through the creek and the dam. While watching the large number of frogs in the waters edge, he noticed a Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog.  We both returned to the spot with the cameras and found a wet grassy spot to sit in on the creek bank and view the frogs.  It didn't take too long for these stunning frogs to appear - and there were heaps of them!  Despite being a large frog, they are quite quick moving and it was hard to capture their brilliant scarlet sides at times.  The males were very busy mating and fighting with other males and only stopping for short rests amongst the grasses.  We both remarked, how at times only their eyes were visable above the water - reminding us of the stealth mode of a crocodile!  The frogs were mostly hidden amongst the reeds and grasses on the waters edge, but we managed to get a few photos when they did on occasion, come out from hiding.  We now have confirmation that these beautiful, rarely seen frogs are alive and well at our patch & breeding!  What a spectacular morning! J. & B

The spot in which we sat in the rain to take the photos of the scarlet-sided pobblebonks 28/01/13
Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk - outside the "wet cave" in which there were plenty of others residing.

Showing us his side pattern's - and heading off to find the girls.
Impressing the Girls...


This photo captures the Scarlet-Sided Pobblebonk in the water - displaying his beautiful red and orange colours.

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frogs Mating 28/01/13
 
Scarlet-Sided Pobblebonk Frog posing for the camera - we loved his reflection in the water  also. 28.01.13



Peeking out from the thick grasses.

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk with Spawn.

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