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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 100
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Amphibians of Europe, Amphibians and reptiles of Poland, Amphibians (Amphibia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 9:40
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!

Today just another amphibian species but this time a rather rarely observed one because of its unique behaviour - Common Spadefoot or in Polish grzebiuszka ziemna - Pelobates fuscus

And here are some basic facts about this species:

Distribution: from Central Europe to western Asia, and from lowlands to uplands (rather rarely in mountains).

Habitat: adults most of they life spent on the land, only in mating season they can be met in waters. They prefer places with sandy ground, where they can find a shelter under the ground. And here you can find the meaning of species name of Pelobates fuscus - they uses their very characteristic legs to dig in the ground :>

Food: adults are predators and as many other amphibian species they hunt on different small invertebrates like snails and slugs, earthworms, insects and spiders. Only the tadpoles are vegetarians and eat different species of water algae.

Body size: adults are rather medium sized, about 5-7 cm, but the tadpole is the biggest in all European amphibian species! It can be even 12-14 cm long! Please note that it is almost 2 times more than size of adult specimen! Moreover, please remember that the very fresh, young Pelobates fuscus is only 1-1.5 cm long! :>

And here you can see some other species of Polish herpetofauna :>

This photo was taken near Leczyca, in the Pradolina Warszawsko-Berlinska (=Warsaw-Berlin Glacial Spillway). This region is protected by European programme Natura 2000.

As always your opinions and comments are welcomed! :>

jmirah, eqshannon, Kaszek, mikou, IulianGherghel, Jamesp, dew77, gracious, fartash, kessi, SkyF, Adanac, Alex99, anel, Kathleen, uleko, JORAPAVI, delic, extramundi, Silke, jlbrthnn, ramthakur has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Kathleen: spadetoof amphibiancicindela 1 06-27 08:12
To fragman: Thank you Ori! :)cicindela 1 06-26 15:25
To jmirah: many thanks!cicindela 1 06-26 15:24
To marmottelolo: prince or princess?cicindela 1 06-26 15:22
To kessi: digging frog :)cicindela 1 06-26 15:19
To fartash: thank you :)cicindela 1 06-26 15:15
To satish_h: thank you! :>cicindela 1 06-26 15:14
To pirate: thank you! :)cicindela 1 06-26 15:13
To mikou: strange frog :)cicindela 1 06-26 15:10
To Kaszek: myta zaba :)cicindela 1 06-26 15:07
To TAZ: more spacecicindela 1 06-26 15:04
To gracious: SPADEFOOTcicindela 1 06-26 15:01
To AnimalExplorer: thank you!cicindela 1 06-26 15:00
To IulianGherghel: SPADEFOOTcicindela 1 06-26 14:58
To Argus: lucky daycicindela 1 06-26 14:45
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Strange looking frog...Nice capture...Outstanding detail, focus, color and POV...Very well done...TFS

great close up, TFS ori

There is something magical about to happen...a kiss awaiting perhaps...then out of the warts and into a companion of immense beauty?

Clear and cammo'ed well as pictured. Fine simplicity in color. Well done....


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-26 10:36]
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Hi Radomir.
Excellent detailed capture of this amazing frog.Great POV and precise sharp details.I like his pose and very interesting colors nuances on his body.Also thanks for informative note.Very well done this presentation!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Grzebiuszka. Zawsze mi sie ta nazwa podobala. Ale nigdy tej zaby nie widzialem.
Ladnie pokazana. Ostro, wyraznie. Kolorki i glebia OK. Moze tylko trzeba ja bylo przeplukac pod woda przed zrobieniem zdjecia ;)

Hi Rodomir,
I like your photo about this spadefood, his color are very beatiful and interesting.
The POV, detail, focus and color are briliant.
Well done!
With friendship,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-26 11:28]

Hi Radomir

A wonderful shot with great detail and colour.



bonjour radomir
la nature n'a pas gaté toutes les creatures,celle-ci n'est pas tres attirante mais c'etait peut etre une princesse(ou un prince) transformée par une mechante sorciere!!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-26 12:05]

Hello Radomir,
Excelllent capture.Camouflage is amazing.POV,sharpness,clear details and exposure are also wonderful.

Hello Radomir
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Fantastic colors and DOF,
Great deatils ,compo and sharrpness,
Superb shot,friend.


Hello Radomir,
something different with amazing sharpness, awesome colour and details also the great pov!
very nice and well seen

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-26 12:27]
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Hello Radomir,
Excellent sharp capture of the Common (not so)Spadefoot. This shot has very good technical merits.
The question that comes to my mind is how or where did you find this secretive creature? Did you find a burrow and dig it out, or did you look for it night and capture it for photography, or is this a herpetarium specimen (no I don't think so)?
TFs and best wishes, Ivan

Hello Radomir,
A very nice detailed image of this croaker the sharpness really makes this a super shot. It's always a treat to see other anurans from around the world. TFS. :)

very nice picture and a rare one. very different from other frogs. beautiful colors and nice POV. good one.TFS

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-26 13:43]
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Bonjour Radomir,
This guy is impressive with his camouflage skin.
The "+++" : composition, interesting subject, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : Perhaps more space on left side...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Hi Radomir
Great picture with great DOF and great sharpness

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  • kessi Gold Star Critiquer [C: 80 W: 5 N: 74] (221)
  • [2007-06-26 15:14]
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Hi Radomir. Amazing clear shot of this tiny fellow. You must have been very excited when you saw him, because i don't think he was easy to spot. His markings blend so well with the background and I can see grains of sand on his face and body, so he must have been digging himself into the soil to some extent. Wonderful capture and very interesting note. Regards, Irmgard

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-26 15:48]

Hi Radomir,
thank goodness its not a frog.. no matter how beautiful the prince would be ;-).
Great shot, even though its not the most beautiful creature it is very interesting.
Very well captured, with excellent colors and great sharp detail.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-06-26 22:30]

Hello Radomir,
Thank you for sharing this great closeup capture of a very unique looking frog, the details and colors are excellent.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-27 2:07]

Hello Radomir,
It is amazing how photogenic frogs can be! I discovered that on TN. You pictured this Common Spadefoot with great sharpness and show well how it is integrated in its surrounding. How amazing the size of the tadpoles. I almost cannot believe it! ;-)
Have a nice day

Hi Radomir.
Amazing detail, excellent capture. Colour and exposure good, pin sharp and a really interesting image.

New Zealand

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-27 4:44]

Radomir, Lovely shot of this frog. I like the colors and the way it is looking. Ganesh

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-27 6:34]

Hello Radomir,
Very interesting to see this Common Spadefoot, a species that we have in south Scania only but I've never seen it. Excellent shot, sharp details and good colours. Nice to see the spade too! Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-27 7:03]

Hi Radomir.
What an interesting species of the frog you have pictured. and quality of the shot is terrific. Reproduction of all features of the animal is the best as well as the low POV and great DOF. I like well visible and detailed BG. Composition and cropping are outstanding. Flash work is perfect. too. My best wishes and TFS.

Hello Radomir,
Beautiful picture of Common Spadefoot. Spot on focus with details are clearly seen. Lovely natural settings. Very well done.

Superbes détails et précision.Bravo

Hola Radomir,
Interesante imagen la que nos presentas, extraordinaria la nitidez y los detalles, muy completa la nota que acompaña la imagen, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-28 11:00]

Hello Radomir,
They seem to blend well in the environment with that outfit. Interesting patterns and texture on the skin. Fine macro work on your part with excellent sharpness. Regards,

Hello Radomir,
Great capture! Wonderful detail and colours. The frog has a surpised look on its face, very reminiscent of my cat's expression!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Radomir,
I like frog images and this is a great one.
Superb and funny.
Well composed, excellent sharpness,etc.
Congrats and TFS

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-29 4:23]

Hi Radomir,

Great picture of this toad.
Great color, lighting, dof, sharpness and background.


Isn't it pretty?
This grey marble textured fellow is very cute and also very well captured. Great use of flash and special mention for managing something beautiful out of that ugly BG. I know by own experience with my fungi, that a mess is the result in most cases ;)
Best regards, MF.

Hi Radomir, splendid photo of this ugly creature, wonderful details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Radomir,
Very beautiful animal, and good shot to show it. Very good focus and definition.

I missed quite a bit of your work during my transition period, Radomir. Will try to catch up with it.
This is a fantastic capture of this strange but attractive looking frog.
The image is very well captured with lots many fine details.
Well done and TFS.

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