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Alytes obstetricans

Alytes obstetricans
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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: 2003-04-25
Categories: Amphibians
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Amphibians of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-30 12:06
Viewed: 4867
Points: 32
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On April evening in southern france I went for a walk along the river Tarn in southern France. I heard a dozen of Midwife toads calling. Knowing how shy they are I figuered an attempt to take a picture would be in vain. To my surprise all the toads came out their shelters and sat on rocks in the river bed. Easy target for my 100 mm macro.
These pictures are scanned from slides. I have very little, maybe no slides at all which can cope with the sharpness of the digital images. Nevertheless, I am still quite happy with this series.

Wikipedia information of Alytes obstetricans
Midwife toads (Alytes) are a genus of frogs in the Discoglossidae family, and are found in most of Europe and northwestern Africa. Characteristic of these toad-like frogs is their parental care: the males carry a string of fertilised eggs on their back, hence the name "midwife". The female expels a strand of eggs, which the male fertilizes externally. He then wraps them around his legs to protect them from predators in the water. When they are ready to hatch, the male wades into shallow water, where he allows the tadpoles to leap out of their eggs. Five separate species of midwife toad are found across western Europe, northern Africa, and Majorca. Shy, nocturnal animals, they give away their presence by their ringing call

Apoptosis, the programmed cell death, was first observed in the developing of the tadpoles of the midwife toads 1842 by Carl Vogt.

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Hello Jacob!
This is lovely creature! I like a lot this picture with so rarely presented species (I do not remember any picture of it on TN). Bravo for showing female with "eggs" :)
And moreover, as for me this scanned slide looks really very good!
Best greetings,

Hello Jacob,
You've captured one of my favourite toads this time! It is not easy to shoot one of these in their natural habitats like this and the scanning process caused some resolution drop, no doubt. Wish it was a digitalcam. take however, then those eggs around the hindlegs would be sharply in-focus. Well done my friend!

hi bufo
very good job one more time

aleks ;-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-30 13:30]

Hi Jacob

Excellent scan - great detail and POV. This shot describes he species very well - but you know that already! ;)


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-30 13:34]

Hola Jacob,
interesante captura,
original y mimético anfibio,
buen foco color y presentación.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-01-30 14:52]

Hi Jacob
Nice presentation.Good POV and sharp image.Beautiful natural colors.
TFS Michel

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-01-30 16:42]

Hi Jacob,

Well this image looks great from a scan. Love the pose of the toad but again my eye goes straight to his amazing golden eye. Well done!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-31 0:44]
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Hello Jacob,
This is a toad that I've not seen yet but we hope to see the Mallorcan Midwife toad in the spring! Excellent capture of her with the eggs on her back. Fine detatils and her colour melts in with the environment. Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

great pic, great camouflage, greetings Ori

Hello friend Jacop!

This capture is not only beautiful. It also informative showing and indicating the habits of the males are always compassionate and protector:) TFS friend.

Hello Jacob,
I know this famous Midwife Toad from our Vertebrate lesson. Its male has very interesting care on their larvae and eggs. You capture it greatly. Great focus, POV and composition. natural colors. its iris and pupil's details very beautiful. Thanks for showing us. Friendly

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-31 9:29]

Hi Jacob

Right here you have 2 things i want: that lovely lens and a great picture of this interesting toad :)
You should be happy with this series - the two photos you present us today are great and i really like them.
This one in particular is exceptional because it benefits from the big bonus - the eggs!
Very good DOF choice and flash work here!
As usual, the low POV you usually take these images from gives an excellent angle, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hallo Jacob,

Dit is een mooie weergave van vroedvrouw pad. Glashelder en vooral leuk en leerzaam met de eitjes op haar rug. Wat heeft dat beestje een schitterende ogen zeg. Prachtig door jou weergegeven. Interessante beschijving erbij gevoegd. Klasse. Een compleet beeld van dit dier. Groeten en tot TFS BOB

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-01 1:16]

Hello Jacob,
nice photo, beautiful natural colors & pose,
great details, great work!

Hi Jacob, splendid portrait of lovely frog, excellent sharpness and great details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jacob,
yo're called Bufo and show Alytes. The portrait of the male is wonderful, you see so many details. And no trace of the slide'ish past! You scanned them carefully. My compliments!
Best regards

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