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Common Toad

Common Toad
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Copyright: Jax Westmoreland (Jax) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-15
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Canon EF 100mm F2.8 Macro, Skylight
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-15 16:55
Viewed: 4668
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Bufo bufo.
Found over most of Europe, adults are up to 15cm long with females larger than males. The colour can vary from brown to sandy with deep gold or copper eyes. They are found in a wide variety of usually dry habitats and are mainly nocturnal, hiding in one spot throughout the day and emerging at dusk. Unlike frogs, the toad normally walks but can hop when alarmed (can't we all!). Breeding takes place in ponds to which the toads migrate around this time of year in the UK. Tonight we were lucky enough to witness the first night of migration this year with toads heading towards our local mere, counting in excess of 100 creatures heading towards the water. Males usually arrive at the ponds first and stop for several weeks whilst females just visit long enough to find a mate and lay their eggs. Toad spawn (around 3-8000 eggs)is laid in two strings, up to 5mm long which swell to 5-10mm thick. Eggs develop into tadpoles within 2 -3 weeks. Common toads have a lifespan of around 10 years in the wild.

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Hi Jax this boys out early, they are not showing them selves down here yet, some thing to look froward to.
nice little portate TFS.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-03-15 20:01]

Hello Jax,A very nice capture.
The shallow Dof works well here,giving a good PoV.
Seems that Spring is in the air at last...I hope!
Good work,well done.

What a pov! Not the prettiest amphibian in the world, but a great capture all the same!

Nice shot, interesting POV.
Well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-04 15:29]

Very good close-up Jax, nice use of DOF and good lighting and details. Well done.

Good detail, texture and of course POV, good work Jax.

Nice to see another post from you , Jax. Very interesting POV and close-up. The DOF is very nice and the exposure well managed for such a slimy critter. Very well done.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-05-09 17:04]
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Definição, cores, contraste e composição tudo ótimo.
Muito boa foto. Boa macro...!!!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-10 3:59]

Beau et intéressant portrait bien réalisée pour ce reptile. Jolies couleurs et bonne netteté sur les yeux.
Well Done !

Thanks for this Jax, getting in real close as I like it. Kept it sharp and got the colours well. Good image, regards, Rob

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