Jaak Põder - She deserves a kiss


In spring common toads (and of course other frogs also) spring to life. In some places waters are literally crawling with them. All have one thing in mind — finding a partner. Males cling to the back of females, sometimes tens of them are bunched together, each male trying to get the best position to fertilize the spawn. And some pairs are resting underwater, getting ready for the big moment.

Location: Estonia

Tags: bufo bufo, frog, jaak poder, kärnkonn, mating, spring

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  1. Knut-Sverre Horn said:

    01/05/2011 12:28

    Great shot with i cheap digital compact - I want one of those too!

  2. Renate said:

    02/05/2011 00:07

    Wow, I've never seen a picture of this 'activity' before. Not that it's the clearest of pictures, but you've captured a moment. They're funny creatures. Did you track them down or did you just stumble/swim across them? :)

  3. Jaak said:

    02/05/2011 11:13

    @Knut-Sverre -- W60 is good for casually playing around in shallow underwater, but there are 2 big downsides. a) it is very slow and b) it does not make RAW-s. So if the white balance is wrong (and it often is), you cannot correct it most of the time. Too much luck involved if you plan to take underwater living creature pics more seriously. Picture quality is also not the highest level (especially edges), but at ISO50 and as in our climate zone the waters are almost never clear it is acceptable.

    @Renate -- During the 'toad week' it is pretty hard not to notice these guys -- there is a constant singing if they are around and water + land is crawling with them. In the pond I took it in, there were a lot of pairs already waiting for the spawning, so it was easier to photograph as they were a bit calmer. Few days later there was slilence already, no frogs, only spawn underwater.

  4. Renate said:

    02/05/2011 16:42

    @Jaak: I see. I didn't know that there were so many of them in one place.

    Just a general tip for your blog: perhaps you could install a plugin to subscribe to follow-up comments. Without this option, one has to go back to previously commented photos, manually, in order to see if anyone has commented back.

  5. Sven Zacek said:

    03/05/2011 10:59

    I think the murkiness os this picture is much more due to the quality of water in our region than to the camera. You can see a lot of stuff floating around. But still I think this is a really good photo of a rarely seen activity.