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The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Owen » July 8th, 2015, 9:20 am

Starting out with a fun little CA Toad vid:



Bullfrog trying not to be seen:

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CA Toadlets and Sierran Chorus Frog:

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CA Red-legged Frog:

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Diablo Range Gartersnake with a fat Red-legged tadpole:

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One little, two little, three little Red-legged
Four little, five little, six little Red-legged
Seven little, eight little, nine little Red-legged
Ten little Red-legged Frogs:

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Foothill Yellow-legged Frog:

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and tadpoles:

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Other stuff on the crawl:



Can winter be coming already???
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The cooler weather gets the Happy Dog Seal of Approval :thumb:
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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by hellihooks » July 8th, 2015, 12:50 pm

I count 4 frogs (and 1 toad) :crazyeyes: 2 of your frogs would, however, be lifers for me, so please disregard my anal retentiveness... :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumb:

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Brian Hubbs » July 8th, 2015, 2:20 pm

I only see 9 red-legs in that pic. where's #10?

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Owen » July 8th, 2015, 3:25 pm

Brian Hubbs wrote:I only see 9 red-legs in that pic. where's #10?
Far left side, in the puddle and barely sticking out of the grass clump.

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Owen » July 8th, 2015, 3:27 pm

hellihooks wrote:I count 4 frogs (and 1 toad) :crazyeyes: 2 of your frogs would, however, be lifers for me, so please disregard my anal retentiveness... :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumb:
Which would those be? The 2 Rana?

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by hellihooks » July 8th, 2015, 5:14 pm

Owen wrote:
hellihooks wrote:I count 4 frogs (and 1 toad) :crazyeyes: 2 of your frogs would, however, be lifers for me, so please disregard my anal retentiveness... :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumb:
Which would those be? The 2 Rana?
yes... very hard to find down here, and never seen one up there... :shock: I'm hosting a couple of frog researchers (married couple with child) from Canada out at deep creek next week for arroyo, treefrogs etc... after which their headed up the coast to Vancouver (ultimately) but next stop bay area... be awful nice if some nor cal member could show them some lifers up your way... :beer: :crazyeyes:

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by NACairns » July 8th, 2015, 7:07 pm

Great stuff. I love the predation shot, was it successful? Were the tadpoles species sharing habitat? Foothills yellow legged are in moving water typically, right? Can't wait to get down there Jim, for all the cool species. Any advice on herping Northern Cal would be most welcome.
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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Owen » July 8th, 2015, 7:37 pm

NACairns wrote:Great stuff. I love the predation shot, was it successful? Were the tadpoles species sharing habitat? Foothills yellow legged are in moving water typically, right? Can't wait to get down there Jim, for all the cool species. Any advice on herping Northern Cal would be most welcome.
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Toads, Chorus Frogs, Bullfrogs and Red-legged Frogs will share the same pond. The garter eating the Red-legged tadpole is in a pond shared with Bullfrogs. My guess is that the pond will dry up in the next month and since it's the second consecutive year of that happening, the adult Bullfrog population is about a third the size from last year. They may become extinct at this pond since the tadpoles take 2 seasons to transform here and the adult population is quickly shrinking. That said, the young Red-legged are found on the edge of the shore to maybe 6ft away in the grass. I also saw them about 50 ft from the pond in a pig created puddle. The bullfrogs stay from the shoreline to mid pond.

The Yellow-legged will share the creek with Red-legged. The Red-legged occupy deeper pools in more shaded areas. The Yellow-legged love the sunny, rocky spots. Adult Red-legged can be seen under cuts in the bank or shaded rock crevices while adult Yellow-legged will be basking on rocks or open bank within a jump of the water.

These are from the same creek about 10 yards apart:

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I never saw the garter again after it got air and went back under.

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by NACairns » July 8th, 2015, 7:48 pm

Great shots. Are those in situ or posed? I love being able to see the lateral line on the draytonii. Thanks for the information, I'll be paying close attention to puddles an creeks on the way up. Glad to hear bullfrogs are at least getting a beating with this drought you guys are going through.
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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Owen » July 8th, 2015, 8:13 pm

NACairns wrote:Great shots. Are those in situ or posed? I love being able to see the lateral line on the draytonii. Thanks for the information, I'll be paying close attention to puddles an creeks on the way up. Glad to hear bullfrogs are at least getting a beating with this drought you guys are going through.
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I rarely pose stuff for anything other than a voucher type shot to get the entire animal in. Frogs are great because they pose for you! I screw a dome on the front of my lens to do the under water tadpole shots.

A very typical Yellow-legged shot. They'll jump in the water and then crawl back out in front of you. It's nice of them because of the CA SSC status making them no touch:

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Porter » July 11th, 2015, 6:37 pm

Excellent photography :beer: A pleasure to see. It's been awhile

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Re: The local hike and all 5 frogs.

Post by Speckled Rosy » July 11th, 2015, 9:35 pm

Nice outing! and the yellow legged frogs, sweet!

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