Saturday, January 16, 2010

Coast frogging

A weekend up on the mid-north coast around the Myall Lakes area was, as always, a fantastic frogging trip. Since I've photographed most of the frogs up there on previous trips I don't have any photos of them to share.

Interestingly, the dirt roads were littered with tiny Southern dwarf crowned snakes, Cacophis krefftii. Though I've spent a great many hours driving these same roads, I'd never come across a single one before. Perhaps it's a temporal thing - previous trips have generally been either earlier or later in the season.

On the way back, a trip to the Watagans was very successful. All three Mixophes species turned up, as well as things like Blue mountains treefrogs (Litoria citropa) and Red-backed toadlets (Pseudophryne coriacea) On the road out we were lucky enough to encounter this Common scaly-foot, Pygopus lepidopodus (above).

Friday, January 15, 2010

Interim trip - Barrington

With the promise of rain and warm weather, I headed up to the Barrington / Gloucester tops area back in November with a couple of mates. If you recall at the start of my trip I spent a night or two in Chichester but then had a hankering for a swim in the and headed to the coast. So there are lots of places there that I didn't get to explore.

The frog that we were hoping for was the species Litoria daviesae, recently split from the New England treefrog, Litoria subglandulosa. They were actually quite easy to find and present in good numbers, calling away merrily from around small high altitude streams. Very beautiful frogs. Highly variable in colouration - individuals could be almost entirely bright green or brown, though all had the mango-yellow flash colours on their hind legs.

As I say, beautiful. Other highlights of the trip included several greater gliders, a koala and the Stuttering frog, Mixophyes balbus.

Bandy-bandy, Vermicella annulata

I've got a few more quick ones to share from the last couple of months so stay tuned.