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Tree frog

Tree frog
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Copyright: Adrian Szatewicz (aes_thor) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 198 W: 29 N: 592] (2489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-30
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix S9600, Fujinon Zoom Lens 28-300 mm Eq., Raynox DCR-250
Exposure: f/6.4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflaged Toads or Frogs, Amphibians of Europe, Amphibians and reptiles of Poland [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 5:07
Viewed: 4388
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi all viewers!
Today I wanted to share one of photographs taken during my first meeting with European tree frog (Hyla arborea), in Polish- rzekotka drzewna.
This beautifull small frogs aren't very common in Poland, they hide themselfs between high grass, on leafs or small bushes and trees.
I was really surprised when I found two of this small green frogs sitting in big leaf very near to construction site in Olsztyn, Poland. It was really hot weather and they sleep in full sun light near forest road. I didn't expect to find this species in place like this.
They were very cooperative, at the begining looks like sleep, with closed eyes and very low breath. Very friendly and beautifull frogs.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hylidae
Genus: Hyla
Species: H. arborea

Some species information:

The European tree frog is a small frog that can grow to a maximum length of 4.5 cm. Historically, tree frogs were used as barometers because they respond to approaching rain by croaking. They also croak in the breeding season, even when migrating to their mating pools. Depending on subspecies, temperature, humidity, and the frog's 'mood', skin color ranges from bright to olive green, grey, brown and yellow. The head is rounded, the lip drops strongly, the pupil has the shape of a horizontal ellipse and the eardrum is clearly recognizable.

Males can be distinguished from females by their browny-yellowy, large (folded) vocal sacs in the throat region. The amplexus is axillary (in the armpits). Both adult males and females reach sizes up to 30-40 mm, rarely longer than 45 mm. The smooth, shining, usually leaf-green back and the white-yellowish to grey belly are separated by a dark stripe on its flank reaching from the nostrils, over the eye and the eardrum, to the groin, contrasting the green, and forming a dark spot near the hips. The hind legs are much larger and stronger than the fore legs, enabling the frog to jump rapidly.

Thank You all for watching and any comments, criticques or informations.
Have a nice day! cheers!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-04 5:40]

Hi Adrian,
Beautiful capture.I liked DOF you managed,POV and composition a lot.Have a nice day too!
Thanks for posting.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-04 6:00]

Hello Adrian, that's a pretty impressive shot, great details and focus. The management of the light is also very good, thanks!


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-04 6:09]

Hi Adrian,
extremely impressive detail, a wonderful POV and excellent DOF right on the head...first class shot, well done!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-04 7:36]

Hello Adrian,
Brilliant close-up of this little Tree Frog facing you! Great focus on the eyes and lovely colours. We have them here in a few places but they are hard to find and I've only been able to photograph one once! Well done!!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Belle utilisation du flou et net. La couleur est impeccable.
Bonne journée.

Adrian this is an amazing photo, very well focused and detailed!

Hi Adrian,

The POV and DOF are really excellent! The colors are beautiful. Nice shot!


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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-06-04 10:02]

hello Adrian
good capture with interesting pose
i like POV, eye contact, colours and details

The insect's POV before being eaten. :) Fantastic macro.
Best regards, László

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