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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-09-04
Categories: Amphibians
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-17 13:06
Viewed: 2473
Points: 56
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina) is a frog in the genus Rana in the family of the true frogs.

This species are skinny and have long limbs and a pointy snout. Adult males are rarely larger than 6.5 centimeters, while females can get up to 8 centimeters. Its ventral surface is light brown, reddish-brown, or light greyish-brown with very little contrast. There are triangles reaching from the temple to the eardrum, which are dark brown. The underside of the Agile Frog is white without any spots. During mating season, the males often become dark brown. The hind legs are unusually long, which allow this species to jump further than other similar frogs - they have been known to jump up to two meters in distance. The pupils are horizontal. The color of the upper third of the iris (above the pupil) is lighter and gold in coloration. The tympanum is about the size of the diameter of the eye. The gland stripes on the frogs back are not very developed and partially interrupted.

The call is a fairly quiet "rog ... rog ... rog", and can go on for up to 12 seconds. They often also call underwater, so that the calls can only be heard from a very short distance by observers. Spawning only lasts a few days and during this period the males sometimes gather in large calling groups on the water surface to attracts females. In Central Europe, spawing usually occurs in the first 20 days of March, but can also be delayed, depending on the weather.

The spawn clumps consist of 450 to 1800 eggs and are usually attached to tree branches, roots, or plant stems at depths of 5 to 40 centimeters. Therefore, they rarely sink to the bottom. Unlike the Moor Frog (Rana arvalis) and Common Frog (Rana temporaria), the Agile Frog does not lay its spawn all in the one clump. The diameter of a single egg is - not counting - the gelatinous shell, is 1.5 to 2.1 millimeters.

The agile frog prefers light deciduous mixed forests with a lot of water. The open land around a forest is often also populated, as long as it is connected to the forest by shrubs. In dry, warm forests, this species often also lives far away from the water. Of the three Middle European Rana, it is the frog which likes warmth and dryness the most.

The Agile Frog can be found in France, parts of Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, on the Balkans, even in Greece and by the Black Sea.

maurydv, horias, CatherineD, Dis. Ac., boreocypriensis, Luis52, goutham_ramesh, goldyrs, paolo49, anemone, haraprasan, bahadir, Alex99, rousettus has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-17 13:08]

Hi Marius,what a impressive portrait of this frog and what a fantastic sharpness and colors,I like a lot this brilliant way to capture that,very nice too the low point of view.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO.

Hallo Marius,
a superb macro shot of the Agile Frog taken from an excellent POV with outstanding sharpness and fine detail, very beautiful colours, a very pleasing close composition
Best regards

hello Marius
super sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Buna Marius,
Excelenta imagine ca de obicei- detalii, culori, claritate, POV si fundal de invidiat. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Hi marius,
wav perfec species and nice color.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-09-17 13:40]

O captura super azi!Mia greau de gasit decat fluturii, dat frumoasa la fel ca ei!

Buna Marius,
Great capture with fantastic colours and composition. Details are impressive including his golden eye and your reflection inside! Nice background. Cheers,

Hi Marius.

I aam short.
Very good photo.


Good night Marius, this is absolutely awesome of this lovely brown frog having extremely long hind legs. Great POV, DOF and excellent compositiom MF!
TFS and have a nice weekend!


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2010-09-17 18:25]

Hola Marius.
Muy alta calidad en la foto. La ranita posando para TN.
Hermosa, Muy bella

Lovely picture and its a refreshing change to see a profile picture of a frog with wonderful details and a useful note too .

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-17 21:28]

Faina! Vad ca de la zi la zi abordati si alte subiecte.
Numai bine

Brilliant , clean profile of this lovely creature Marius! Appropriate aperture settings, fantastic light and briliant low angle point of view! Bravo !
George Veltchev

asta da captura, frumos realizata...

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-18 1:03]

Hello Marius,
Fantastic photo of this frog. Splendid natural colours, impressive sharp details and a perfect low POV. Very good composition, DOF and OOF BG.

Hello Marius,
A very beautiful image, colors, background and details fantastic for this frog. A nice picture, Regards, Paolo

Hello Marious. Wonderful catch of this cute frog! Details, colours and composition are perfect.
Great POV.
TFS. Kind regards,

Ciao Marius. Stunning! Razor details and fantastic light against the blurred soft BG.


This is a stunning shot, Marius!
Very well done!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-09-18 6:36]

Fine image of this beautiful species in good composition and colors. tfs.

Hi Marius,
A lovely capture of this beautiful frog. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola Marius

Bonita rana, creo que te está mirando y a punto de saltar, colores naturales bien tratados, perfecta composición y nitidez. Buen POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely frog on a beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid natural colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hello Marius, perfect shot of this pretty brown frog.
Nice composition, details and colours.
TFS and regards,

Magnífica luz y colores Marius. Las suaves texturas
de su cuerpo son claramente apreciables. Preciosa foto.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-18 22:54]

Hi Marius.
Fantastic 3D-image of a very cute frog. It is difficult to imagine more exact and nice reproduction of all features of the animal. I also am impressive with beautifulness BG and BG. Bravo. Great job.

Dear Marius
congratulations for the nice photo, good sharpness and natural colors and rich details
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

hello Marius
this is awesome work against fantastic colored blurry BG. sharp detail and lateral POV and OOF excellent. colors and light using splendid. all details visible by f/9.0.
nicely composed and presented with good informative notes.
thanks for sharing. best regards

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