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Giant rain frog

Giant rain frog
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2002-10-16
Categories: Amphibians
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-19 3:14
Viewed: 7588
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I remembered the picture of Ricardo (RAP) with his tiny little toad on a leaf. Ricardo's toad resembled a bit this rain frog (breviceps gibbosus). I found this one in Golden Gate national park in South Africa. On a rainy evening the whole area seemed to be filled with calling rain frogs, whereas a day earlier it had been dry and completely silent. What's in a name...

Rain frogs can fill themselves with air like a balloon and thus create a great noise. This one had unfortunately run empty when I approached him. What was left was his unhappy face.

Giant rain frog (Breviceps gibbosus)
Also known as: Cape rain frog, short-headed frog, headless frog, hunched toad, cape short-head, South African rain frog, verruculose short-headed frog, Linnaeus' short-headed frog, Linnaeus' rainfrog, Blaasop, Jan Blom and South African short-headed frog.
Previously known as: Rana gibbosa, Bufo gibbosus, Rana breviceps, Bombinator gibbosus, Engystoma gibbosa, Engystoma dorsatum, Systoma gibbosum and Systoma breviceps

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amazing frog, TFS Ori

Hello Jacob,
Look like an overweight frog:) Sharp and crisp clear picture. The skin texture and colors are well shown. TFS this cute looking frog.

Hello Jacob,
This is a very interesting specie that I don't see often. I think it is looking pretty strange :) You caught good details in a good POV, exposure, composition and I like this lightning and use of flash that make this frog brilliant. This is well done with interesting notes. Thanks,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-19 7:09]

Extraño animal que no conocía, buenos detalles y muy original, bello encuadre... saludos Jacobo

Quelle drôle de forme !
Bonne journée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-19 22:34]

Hello Jacob

A beautiful image of this rotund rain frog.The low POV and DOF are very good.Excellent sharpness and detail.The colours show very well.I like the expression on it's face,turn that frown upside down little fellow. TFS


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-01-20 7:59]

Bravo pour cette belle prise,le spécimen est très spécial.

Excellent photo of this vunerable species. The detail on its skin is really good -- showing the moisture that these amphibians need. Great shot.

Hi Jacob
really amazing how look this frog...


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-07 18:16]

Sinceramente Jacob no había visto hasta ahora esta imagen, algo que suele suceder con tantas publicaciones diarias de tantos miembros.
Gracias por la mención de mi diminuto sapo sobre el hongo... esta es una muy buena imagen donde se aprecian muchos detalles y texturas del anfibio, siempre difíciles de retratar por los reflejos que producen y el falso foco que esto genera.
Me gusta el punto de vista captado bien bajo con excelente foco y profundidad algo escasa, pero que no deteriora la calidad de la presentación.
Mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Sincerely Jacob I had not seen this image up to now, something that usually happens to so many daily publications of so many members.
Thank you for the mention of my tiny toad on the mushroom... this it is a very good image where many details and textures are appreciated of the amphibian, always difficult to depict for the reflections that produces and the false focus that this generates.
I like the captured very low point of view with excellent focus and depth something scarce, but that it doesn't deteriorate the quality of the presentation.
My best regards... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-08 18:34]

Hi Jacob,
I'm impressed by the face of this uncommon toad! Really not an smart creature, but an excellent photo.
José M.

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