Froggy phone home

It would be fair to say that our garden is teeming with wildlife. Even though I don’t have the right equipment, I love recording it for posterity. When these tiny frogs started hatching close to where we feed the birds a few days ago, taking pictures was the last thing on my mind. Even for the smaller birds, they would have made a tasty snack. (Frog’s legs anyone?) We started transporting them across the lawn, up the drive and into the woods next door. With a small pond and fewer hungry mouths around, we hoped they would survive.

Little did we know that this was the beginning of a week of frantic froggy hunting before work. Having fallen in the bathroom only a few days earlier and dislocating a rib, bending down was almost impossible. Instead, my husband caught them before dropping them in my hands – at one point I had nine wriggling around in there! It was only later when I mentioned this to a friend and they asked for a photograph, that I had to admit my only lens wasn’t capable of macro shots. It did seem a shame not to add them to my wildlife collection though and I came up with a cunning plan.

Unfortunately, the next day was the start of a drier spell and there were no frogs to be seen and it remained like that for a couple of days. Then they forecast storms and although the dramatic weather never materialised, it did rain and that evening I only had to open the back door to find this little chap hopping around on the path. He was quickly rounded up and brought indoors for a five-minute photo shoot, before being reunited with his friends in the woods. This morning dawned bright and damp and once again the lawn was full of miniature amphibians. I have a feeling we are going to be kept busy for a while longer…

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