Found this Bush frog hopping among the thick grass almost at the peak.
It was very easy for us to lose it among the grass.. So we decide to place it on a boulder for a record shot.
We were perplexed what these bush frogs were doing here, a grassland.
There was no Shola forest for quiet some distance and reaching such a forest would be an impossible feat given all the obstructions it had to negotiate.
After a few shots we released it back in the same place.
We thought it might be Raorchestes kani.. Thanks to Gururaja Sir and Sandeep Das for the ID :-)
More pictures: http://indiabiodiversity.org/observation/show/358366
It was late evening, we were returning from a hike when I found something jump on the rock.
Took a closer look and it was a Toad!!
But this Toad was not familiar to me in any way, all his features were kinda new to me. The coloration matched the rock exactly!!
It just kept on hopping, never stopped until it entered a rock crevice.
Managed to get a few shots of this interesting looking Toad.
Very happy to have found a totally unfamiliar frog near Bangalore.
It seems this Toad is not very common.
Data is deficient on this species...
The pictures are rare.
Thank you Gururaja Sir for the ID help :-)
Caught in a lake
Amboli bush frogs - In amplexus
There were lots of Amboli bush frogs in the area we stayed in Agumbe. We were surrounded by loud calls.. But spotting them is a different story..
We found 3 pairs of Amboli bush frogs in amplexus. All of them were found on the ground.
The calling males were perched on leaves. 1 male was slowly approaching this pair in amplexus.
I found 1 male just observing another pair in amplexus from 3 inches away. He never made a move. Their agreement seemed to work ;-D
The female would occasionally move with the male on its back. But nothing much happened that night.
This rare performance by this pair of beautiful frogs captured shot by shot and in sequence. The male is smaller than the female. They met on a coconut tree and both goes to the nearby well. The female goes down to the water and finds it unsuitable and goes away. I missed the the next events.