Eyes wide shut
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|As life started emerging this spring, we went on a field trip and amongst other things we stumbled upon this little guy:|
Pelobates fuscus - Common Spadefoot Toad
The common spadefoot toad is a rather small sized toad with the following characteristics: the tympanic membrane is absent, smooth skin, the pupil of the eye is vertical, webs between the toes well-developed, inner metatarsal tubercle of hind foot quite large and spade-shaped, no male resonators, a robust body, short hind legs and head large.
Distribution and Habitat:
The species includes two subspecies: P. fuscus insubricus(living in northern Italy, apparently extinct in southern Switzerland) and P. fuscus fuscus (inhabiting the main part of the range).
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.
Pelobates fuscus fuscus (the one in the picture) is distributed in the plains and hills of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as Western Asia, towards the Southern Transuralia and Northern Kazakhstan. The northern margin of the range is limited by the shore of the Baltic Sea, where the distribution is unclear in its eastern part.
Pelobates fuscus inhabits a wide spectrum of habitats, including different coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests and their edges, groves, steppes, meadows, fields, parks and gardens. However, in forests the common spadefoot prefers open sites. In arid areas, these frogs occur on sands, in wormwood steppes etc. In these places frogs usually live in close proximity to water bodies.
Hibernation occurs from September to the beginning of October (November in the south) to March - April. Common spadefoots hibernate in deep, to 2 m, burrows in soil. These are burrows of other animals, or made by the toads. Burrows are made by digging movements of the hind legs using the large inner metatarsal tubercle. While digging, the animal uses its hind legs one after another in turn, and moves down into the soil posterior body end first. Once in the ground, the spadefoot starts to move loosened soil with its forelegs to bury the entrance.
I have to confess that i was absolutely fascinated by its eyes in the moments when i took some pictures of it. Hope you like them, too.
PP - with Photoshop
Crop, sharpen, adjusted shadows/highlights and resized for TN :)
Part of the info - from AmphibiaWeb
Check the Workshop for "eyes wide oped" :)
Alex_Strugariu, batu, liquidsunshine, takos1, marhowie, parvulescubio has marked this note useful
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Excelent shot Horia!
Wonderful viper eyes on this toad!
Great POV, placement of the subject, colors and details!
It seems to me that it has "eyes wide open" :)I like toad and I think this one is beautiful :)It has great eyes, I agree with you. I like details, POV, composition and lightning as well as DOF. Well done and TFS,
- [2006-08-05 9:48]
Great catch of this toad, what an eyes. Then you think what can he see. But it is very sharp and full of details. Great.
- [2006-08-05 10:24]
this is a nice portrait of this toad with a good focus just on the face. The obviously strong light is managed well.
- [2006-08-05 10:54]
I love the comparrison between the 'eyes shut' and the 'eyes open' shots. The eyes look like snake eyes. Interesting POV, nice colours and lovely details.
Good capture Horia,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure. DOF is spot on and the POV is good.
Well composed and excellent notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.
- [2006-08-05 17:18]
Bella foto Horia!
Stupendi i dettagli, ottimo il contrasto, bravo!
Nice detail, DOF, and sharpness here. Good color, comp, and the bright sunlight was managed well. It's a good POV, don't get me wrong..Just a suggestion. Try getting your clothes dirty next time and get down on it's level :)
Well done and TFS!
- [2006-08-05 17:49]
Great capture, I am still trying to get a presentable photo of a bufo americanus to upload.Very good colour and composition.TFS
excelent exemplar de pelobates si excelenta fotografie.
Lucian, Satu-Mare dupa ce am stat in Oradea la stop o zi...
Huge pupils. Love your notes.
A well presented register. Good POV & DOF.
A well balanced, contrasted & focused subject.