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Bufo bufo temprano

Bufo bufo temprano
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Copyright: Jacob van der Weele (Bufo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-21
Categories: Amphibians
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 1:00
Viewed: 3936
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Soft winters....not much fun for photographers. Many rainy and windy days. Maybe that's why I have to dig in my archives so much for nice images.
Last night it was 6C and very rainy. I went to my favorite place to look for amphibians and found 11 common toads (Bufo bufo) on their spring migration towards the water. Spring migration (!?), whereas it should be the heart of the winter right now. They are way too early and it is the highest number of amphibians found in the month of January found ever. Let's hope they are not too early and have to deal with a freezing period. That will the fatal for them for sure.
Since they are so early I jave called them Bufo bufo temprano :-)

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-22 1:13]

Hi Jacob

Beautiful shot - expertly captured. The lighting, POV detail and colours are spot-on.

Happy New Year


I just got back from a month in New Zealand and Japan

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-22 2:06]

Ha Jacob,

Een leuke foto van deze vroege jongen,goed vastgelegd met mooie kleuren en goede scherpte/diepte,


Well, I wouldn't know about the "temprano" part, but your namesake looks so "regale" from here! Perfect flash-assisted lighting plus good POV and adequate DOF, and that glinting eye produced a very nice composition, TFS.

Hi friend!
I see that our toad love is continuing :) A well executed shot Jacop, your POV and DOF were quite good. My best regards friend! TFS.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-22 10:56]

Hi Jacob

Funny name, but not a funny matter. You are right: if there is one more big ave of cold coming up soon, it will be fatal for them :(
It's the same case here, when in other years i saw many trees in bloom earlier, then cold came again and froze them completely...everything was lost. Same goes for animals.
Leaving that saide, your shot is a very nice one. The clarity of the details and the textures are gorgeous! Your Canon 100mm Macro worked perfectly once more!
Very nice DOF and great low POV, as well.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-23 5:57]

Hello Jacob,
This certainly is 'temprano'! Must be the global warming that is activating the Common Toad in January.
This is an excellent image with fine use of flash without causing disturbing reflections, excellent low POV and superb focusing to give good sharpness in the right places.
We must look out for amphibiand now in S. Sweden!
Thanks for sharing this one,
Regards, Ivan

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-23 11:30]

Hi Jacob,
beautiful capture of one very nice common toad, colors and details are fantastic
great clarity of the shot and nice composition
best regards, Dejan

Hello Jacob,
Fine details in this little critter!
The skin is very well reproduced, with great colours and fine pattern...
I like the composition, simple with no distractions!
Pablo -

Hello Jacob!
I was not in your gallery for long time...
Really when I saw this photo for the first time, I thiough that this is just a "Bufo from Bufo" ;)
Of course a very nice and beautiful picture with good sharpness and details, but still a rather very common species. But after reading you very interesting note additional points were added! It is really very unique situation to abserve this species as active in January!
it would be nice to know what is going on with these amphibians now :) Do they mate? Or maybe they are sleeping again? :)
Thank you for this interesting presentation!

PS. By the way, did you know that in Romania (Oradea county) there are some hydrothermal springs where frogs mate 3 times per year? Also in winter period! (these data are after out Romanian friend - Horia :>)

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