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Monday, 8 March 2021

So, what goes on in a frog's brain?

Has anyone ever thought what a frog thinks about? Someone, somewhere must have done a PhD on it 😜. Like most creatures I suspect they have far, far more intelligence than us bipeds give them credit for.

I think they know that their new netting 'roof' is for protection and that they're not going to come to any harm whilst in the shallow pools. Yeseterday afternoon I was able to lie on my tummy, right at the edge of the water with my head almost under the netting screens and take loads of photos and video. I was no more than 12" - 18" from the frogs, and I have never been able to get that close to them before.



Earlier a neighbour had come in with her children so that they could watch the frogs. Whilst beautifully behaved both kids were excited and slightly noisy because they had never seen something like this before, we are joking that the boy is another David Attenborough in the making, but who knows? Wouldn't it be amazing if the pleasure this young lad obviously gets when visiting the garden grew into something bigger?

I was many metres away in a flower bed and had left them to get on with it, and despite the excitement and their Mum constantly telling the children "shuush" the frogs did not budge.

She also took photos and video from the same place (although I didn't realise that until she emailed me later) so clearly the frogs were not afraid. That is so unusual as to be unbelievable so I will continue to convince myself that somehow they know this is a safe place and they can do what they want/need to do without fear of predation.

Warning - much more video and pictures on the hard drive, waiting to be rolled out when I have nothing else to share!




27 comments:

  1. That's good to see. My frogs haven't arrived yet. Happy videoing.

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    1. Yours have more sense Graham, I suspect it's a lot colder where you are 🤗

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  2. Our frogs are still quietly hibernating, we occasionally see them. I agree that you can get so close and I love their beautiful golden eyes, no wonder alchemists thought they were the secret to making gold. I'm looking forward to the day when ours make an official appearance!

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    1. Ours "feel" early Kate, but looking at past blogs they always seem to come at this time. It was quite a privilege to be able to get so close and REALLY look at them.

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  3. Beautiful,just so lovely to watch!.I thought that they were going to group together at one point and smile for a photo!.I love frogs and when we used to have a caravan,alot of mornings I would get up and there would be one in the awning.I used to carefully scoop him up and take him back down near the river.xx

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    1. Debi, in other photos/video I was eyeball-to-eyeball with the frogs who seemed as intent on watching me as I was watching them. Perhaps they really did know thy needed to present their best side for a picture!

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  4. Wonderful. I haven't seen any around here yet. X

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    1. Hi Jules, I am sure it won't be long before you find them when you and Lily are out for walks. Shame it is a bit far for you to bring her here 😟.

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  5. Ours seem to have finished spawning now, as there's been no sign of any activity for a few days. Watching them in the sunshine last week gave me a real sense of Spring.

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    1. Gosh Scarlet, yours are early, but perhaps being in town the environment is warmer?

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  6. Oh how wonderful. Nice to read how enthralled the children were too.

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    1. Hi Eileen. This family moved back last year (the husband grew up here) and the children restore my faith in our future - they're polite, intelligent, well-behaved. The lad is absolutely mad about anything connected with nature or animals and it was not the first time they and their Mum have had a socially distanced "nature break" around my big pond.

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  7. Wow, that is amazing footage and frog activity!!

    I think all creatures are much more aware than we give them credit for, even the spiders that scurry across our floors hoping not to be spotted and squashed. Every living thing has the same instincts ... to live safely, to reproduce and for them and their families to stay. You've made that possible for your frogs and their offspring and it sounds as though they are saying thank you.

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    1. thank you Sue. I am not fluent in frog-speak but if they're saying thanks that's good enough for me (as long as they stay the rest of the year and gobble up loads of slugs).

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  8. What a lovely video of your frogs, well done on getting so close to them. It looks like they are enjoying their now safe home and I hope you post more videos of them soon 🙂👍

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    1. Thanks Eunice, I know I am anthropomorphising, but I am quite convinced they know this netting is in place to protect them . . .

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  9. Our frogs haven't arrived yet. I always find it amusing when about three station themselves on the frogspawn all facing different directions as if on guard. Not sure how they intend to protect the spawn though.

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    1. Hi Sue, perhaps that is exactly what they are? Guard-frogs? 🐸

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  10. Ribbit ribbit. Like many animals, when it's time time breed, they are very focused! But what a great vid. I never could keep frogs in my old pond. Between 'coons and water birds....

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    1. Thank you Kris, you certainly do have more predators your side of the pond than we have managed to retain.

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  11. What a lovely sound they make! I hope all of that 'froggy congress' results in lots of healthy, happy tadpoles. :) xo

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    1. Cheers Mel, I never stop acknowledging how wonderful it is to hear these sounds - in my own garden!

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  12. I love that sound! The village in Goa we usually stay in is surrounded by paddy fields and the noises from the frogs is just magical. x

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    1. How lovely Vix, and in the remaining warmth of the day, must be wonderful to sit and hear those sounds (with a cold beer in hand, of course!)

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  13. Holy crap! That's a lot of frogs! I don't think I've ever seen so many in one place. Isn't it a thrill to see little kids really excited about nature?

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  14. Ooh how lovely, so many froggies! The occasional one I was aware of at our old house would immediately loudly splash into the pond as soon as they saw or heard us approaching. We hardly ever actually saw them. Love your spring garden in the earlier post, and I looked for your campervan and the interior is just like my bro and sis-in-law's new (2nd hand) van! I know how you feel about wanting to get out in it. We have been on one day trip in ours (no lockdown here, just 6pm curfew) but itching to actually go and camp/travel.

    Was it you who asked on my blog if we had any effect from our jabs, no, none whatsoever. Anyway thanks for visiting my blog. If I can remember I will put you on my blogroll then I'll remember to visit yours! lol :-)

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