Amphibians, mammals at bird photo hide


Edible frog, 10 June 2016

At the bird photography hide are not only birds. There are also other animals, like this edible frog.

Edible frogs, 10 June 2016

More than one edible frog in the pond just outside the hide.

Edible frogs, on 10 June 2016

The Internet side of the hide mentions common frogs living here. This species hatches earlier, in spring, than edible frogs, which are for the first time in this pond in this 2016 summer.

Edible frog on bank, 10 June 2016

Sometimes, frogs sat on the bank, watching their mirror image in the pond.

Edible frogs in pond, 10 June 2016

Then, they jumped back in the water again.

Kingfishers sometimes visit the pond, but not when we were there on 10 June. Maybe there is more chance of seeing a kingfisher earlier in the year, when the frogs are in the tadpole stage and are easier to catch.

Kingfishers also eat another amphibian species living in the pond: smooth newts.

On 10 June, we often saw bank voles drinking at the pond and running around.

We did not see other mammal species living near the hide: roe deer; red squirrel; red fox.

South African bullfrog versus butterflies


This video says about itself:

1 June 2016

Amazing video of an African Bullfrog surreptitiously creeping up to a group of butterflies before finally going in for the kill with his long, sticky tongue.

Taken in the Kgalagadi National Park in South Africa.

Video by: Riaan Ferreira.

Common toad in Spain


This 7 June 2016 video shows a common toad in the Murcia region in Spain.

Iberian waterfrog video


This video from Spain is about Iberian waterfrogs; which we heard while in Extremadura.

Rare amphibian babies hatching in Slovenian cave


This video says about itself:

30 May 2016

Postojna Cave (Postojnska jama) in Slovenia – In January 2016 an extraordinary event has happened. The female olm (Proteus anguinus) has started laying eggs in the aquarium of the cave in front of visitors. After four months 24 embryos are developing well and already “practicing their dragon dance“. This is a funny video of baby dragon embryos rotating in their jellies – a few steps from hatching. But their destiny is still uncertain so please keep your fingers crossed.

See also here.

European toad tadpoles video


This video shows toad tadpoles.

After two to three months, European toad tadpoles become small toads.

Jan Kuipers in the Netherlands made this video.

Betic midwife toad video


This 21 May 2016 video shows a Betic midwife toad. It was recorded in the Sierra de Burete, Murcia region, Spain.

This toad species is endemic to mountainous areas in south-eastern Spain. Its scientific name is Alytes dickhilleni; after Dutch zoologist Dick Hillenius.