Thursday, July 22, 2010
As Close as it Gets: Bullfrog
Usually the first indication that a bullfrog is close by is a peep, kersplash, plop as the frog leaps for the safety of the water from its hiding spot.
I located this frog sitting out in the open of the wetland amid the vegetation growing in the shallow water. By approaching slowly the frog sat as if transfixed while I maneuvered into range of the 400mm lens with a 25mm extension tube attached.
As I photographed the frog the only detectable movement was its throat movement as it breathed. Note the two small leaches attached to the frog's throat.
Once finished photographing I backed away to maybe 20-30 feet before turning around to walk away. As soon as I turned I heard the distinct peep, kersplash, Plop! The frog had waited until I was no longer making eye contact to execute his evasion actions.