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A frog’s eye

As of lately, I’ve been focusing on creature’s eyes, and on all the detail we can extract from those. This is an Perez Frog’s eye (Rana perezi).

These frogs can be found on throughout Iberia, on wet fields and near permanent water streams. Although most specimens from this species are markedly green, hence it’s Portuguese noun “green frog”, some rare specimens are brown, some even dark brown, which can generate some confusion between this species ante the Iberian frog. Fortunately the Perez Frog sports one distinguishing feature: a light strip which spans from the head to the dorso.

This specimen is a demonstration on how successful have environmental laws been. This photo was taken on a water stream less than 2 km away from one of the biggest refineries on europe (being upgraded to handle 400.000 bbs/day) and 500m from a sewage treatment plant.

Editor’s note: this specimen was originally misidentified as an Iberian Frog. Many thanks to those noting the mistake.

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Tarantulas and baby tarantulas

Every so often, opportunities simply step on front of you. While hunting for dragonflies near the Lagoa de Santo André Natural Park, I’d basically given up and started looking for spider webs on the sunset. As I sat my on the ground, the ground started moving, and with it, a thousand legs on top of eight legs.

Europe in general is not known for it’s large spiders, however there are some relatively large specimens lurking around, such as the Lycosa tarentula, the original tarantula, but also known as the Wolf Spider. The name tarantula come from the italian city of Taranto, where these spiders were originally described, which have little connection with the american tarantulas commonly seen on the National Geographic documentaries.

These spiders are relatively large. This specimen is around 4/5cm wide, and are particularly appreciated by nature photographers when carrying their offspring on their backs.

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Bronze eyes

Lately I seem to cross paths with toads, but this one was no accident. Most toads have yellow eyes but some not so common specimens are found with bronze eyes. This feature makes photos from them extremely interesting.

Without further ado, let me present the bronze eyed common toad (Bufo Bufo).

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Photo session of a Toad

Back to the amphybians.

The common toad (Bufo bufo), also known as European Toad, as it’s not that common outside Europe, is a common presence on the vicinity of permanent bodies of water. This limitation comes from the reproduction cycle of toads and frogs, which is usually dependent on a water body without strong current.

After attaining the adult form, this toad becomes independent from it’s birth place, being found some kilometers away form it, even on relative dry places.

The photos were taken from 2 different specimens which literally stepped on front of me.

 

The yellow smudge on the first photo is actually a wasp which joined the photo session, but resulted on the neat photo.

Editor’s nome: NEVER try to grab one of these creatures with your bare hands. These toads produce a gelatinous substance on the back of their heads which contains the toxin Bufotoxin which can cause serious issues.

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Cattle Egret on mating plummage

This is some of the most common birds around the Mediterranean Sea, however, the Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is not that much easier to photograph. However, I just managed to do it, and displaying it’s orange mating plumage.

The Cattle Egret is distinguishes itself from the other also common Great Egret by it’s relative small size, the format of the bill (which is smaller and curve), and the orange mating plumage. Obviously, the feeding habits are also very different.

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Marbled Newt – a full body portrait

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Unlike my previous experiments with amphibians, there some part of the animal was detailed ad nauseum, this time, the topic is the animal as a whole. Today, the topic is a full body portrait of a Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus). … Continue reading

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I have my eyes on you – Bosca’s Newt

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I really need to buy a proper macro lens, instead of borrowing from someone else. Either that, or get an MP-E 65mm lens, and flashes, several… This is my first atempt at tailed amphibians, in this case, the Bosca’s Newt … Continue reading

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Black-winged Stilt

The Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus) is one of the most geographically diverse birds you can find. It can be found on all continents except on Antarctica, wherever there is a wet marsh. However, and as a side effect of it’s diversity, it’s not … Continue reading

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Frogs, toads and one Iberian Painted frog

It might seem weird, but accordinly to science there is no distinction between toads and frogs. In taxonomic terms, toads and frogs, are all creatures of the order Anura, but there isn’t any group which can be considered as frog … Continue reading

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