The Frog and Slug

No, that's not a bit of rhyming slang, though it ought to be :drunk: It's another pond life post, the surprise being seeing the slug traversing the surface of the pond, and the frog taking no notice at all.

It's good to see any activity in the pond at the moment. It's been frozen over for the past few days but the temperatures are more moderate now. I presume the frogs and newts are burying themselves in the mud and leaves at the bottom during the colder weather. Tonight was mild enough though to bring at least this one to the surface. One of the newts also put in a brief appearance, but was being somewhat camera shy and most of the shots are of rear legs and tail. As for the foxes, the old fellow was around last night but hasn't shown up today. Instead we were treated to the shy fox nipping across the garden during the day, and an almost identical repeat performance this evening.

Camera note: first two frog and slug pictures with the EF 24-105 F4L IS USM lens, and the last with the Sigma 105mm F2.8 EX DG macro.

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  1. cwbywz December 24, 2007 at 3:12 am #

    Boy, you can change lens' fast!
    What were you using for light?

  2. SittingFox December 24, 2007 at 7:12 am #

    Presumably the frog was too dozy to even think about catching the slug!

    I haven't seen either species around here for some weeks now.

  3. Words December 24, 2007 at 9:12 am #

    Adele, I was probably more surprised to see the slug than the frog, but yes activity levels are going to very low at the moment.

  4. Words December 24, 2007 at 9:12 am #

    Rick, LOL. The slug was fairly sluggish so I had time to go inside, change the lens and go back outside. There's five minutes between the second and third shots 😉 As for light, I used the 430EX flash unit.

  5. ALLY_G December 24, 2007 at 12:12 pm #

    That are some interesting shots. :eyes: The slug looks quite big (could be a little snake almost).

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and wonderful holidays. 🙂

  6. Flying Red Fox Blog December 24, 2007 at 4:12 pm #

    Lovelly pics there, strange the frog didnt notice a slug crawling over it, i would certainly notice hehe:P