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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-09
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogs and Toads, Amphibians (Amphibia) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-09-05 12:35
Viewed: 5663
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
Today in Lodz it was cloudy and rather cold (about +15C) so I decided to do a little braek from some Scandinavian photos and come back to rather warmer region. Today a picture of species witch is really unexpected inhabitant of Moroccan Sahara desert! :>

This is Rana saharica (Ranidae) known in English as Sahara Frog, North African Water Frog, North African Green Frog, or Moroccan Green Frog.

Identification of species was made with great help of Bayram (boreocypriensis).
I believe that this species was not presented in TN gallery before :>

Distribution: Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

Habitat: predominantly aquatic, around open water, but also into nearby gardens and fields

Size: up to 10cm

Body colouration: brown, green, or mixed; yellow or green vertebral line may be present or absent; spots may be present or absent, and if present may be random or symmetrical

Food mainly insects, fish eggs, frog eggs and fish fry; a single case of hunting for a 30 cm snake was noted too!

Conservation status: placed in the LC category, even that it is the most common amphibian species in the Maghreb

Picture was taken in Sidi, next to Camel Cave, NE Morocco, but the some species was observed my me also in the middle of Moroccan Desert - in Merzouga.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-05 12:46]

Hi Radomir. Congrats on a first on TN with this fine close up of the Rana saharica . Not what i would think of seeing in the Desert. You were able to take a very sharp picture with first class detail in the skin and eye. Your use of the light has given natural colours. well done TFS.

hello radomir
very beautiful frog
good details and good sharpness
super picture
greeting lou

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-09-05 16:04]

Hi Rado,i remember to see a same specie in a tunisian oasi in the desert,isn't so unexpected...but surely rare...impressive quality of your pic,POV sharpness and colors at the best! My best compliments,have a nice Sunday,LUCIANO

Hi Radomir,
This is a surprise. A frog in the middle of Moroccan Sahara desert. Great use of flash to show the detail.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-09-05 18:29]

Hi Radomir
A lovely shot – you have really captured the texture of the skin here well – wonderful eye contact too.

hello Radomir,
it is an interesting frog adopted in deserts. but its name says already it belongs to there. as you know, Sahara is the name of the biggest desert; at the same time, it desert in Arabic. So, we may call Desert frog:)
you nicely captured it, with nice focus, POV, natural colors and composition. TFS, have a good night.

Hello Radomir,
what a fantastic portrait of Rana saharica, excellent POV, superb sharpness with impressive details, i like this flash exposure with very beautiful brilliant colours, a very pleasing composition.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-06 3:01]

Hello Radomir,
Beautiful close photo of this special frog. The sharpness and details are very good. Wonderful colours with a very good use of flash. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-09-06 4:42]

Witaj Radomirze,
Na moje oko to przypomina nasze krajowe.Piekne ujecie z niskim POV w naturalnym otoczeniu. Bardzo dokladnie oddana kolorystyka skory.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-09-06 7:41]

Congatulations on this first for TN Radomir!
A great sharp capture of a Rana saharica taken from a fine POV using flash that does not cause too many undesirable reflections.
Yes, from the desert regions of S. Morocco this is quite unexpected!
Thanks and all the best from a windy Åhus!

Hi Radek,

An impressive macro capture of this Saharan beauty fron mice POV with excellent clarity and fine composition.
TFS and cheers,


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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-09-06 10:12]

Siemanko Radku!
Ciekawe i bardzo dobre zdjecie , swietne naturalne kolory i perfekcyjna ostrosc .
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego tygodnia , Slawek

Ciao Radomir. Indeed stunning details, perfect focus and great DOF. An impressive maco shot. Best compliments.


hello Radomir!
good capture of Rana saharica in its
natural enviroment,good use of flash

ciao sERGIO

Hello Radomir
you have taken this Sahara Frog with great details and superbly presented from a nice POV, stunning details of the frog and his environment
very well done and have a good night

Buen trabajo Radomir. No es fácil captar la toma entera con fidelidad por la diferencia de luces y esos reflejos pero creo que resolviste de buena manera la situación. Buen enfoque al ojo y muy interesante el hábitat del batracio que se ve a su alrededor.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.
Pd.- Veo que no paras de viajar !

Hi Radomir
Superb macro with nice sharpness and details.. wonderful clarity and composition.. lovely pose too.
Best Regards

Hi Radomir ,
sensational, an unsuspected frog species from the Sahara. The portrait is, as usual with you, of excellent quality. Thanks for sharing such interesting pictures.
My best regards

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