Friday 30 October 2015

Last week we had our first green tree frog, Litoria caerulea, in the backyard, to add to the Peron's, L. peronii and dwarf, L. fallax, tree frogs. Last night I ventured into the backyard with my camera and 200m lens and found a lot of male dwarf tree frogs calling from the pool/pond.

Peron's tree frogs, Litoria peronii, have been common our backyard for years and they make quite a racket at night when they call from the pool.

Peron's tree frog, Litoria peronii
Peron's tree frog, Litoria peronii.

Last Summer, dwarf tree frogs, Litoria fallax, joined the Peron's tree frogs in calling from the pool at night. I had gone looking for them in the past but not managed to see any calling. Last night when I looked I found quite a few males calling from the pool and they were quite easy to photograph.


Male dwarf tree frog, Litoria fallax, calling from the pool/pond.

Dwarf tree frogs, as their common name suggests, are quite small, and only grow to around 25mm in length.


Male dwarf tree frog, Litoria fallax, calling from the pool/pond.

They are also known as green reed frogs and during the day often call from reeds and bulrushes.


Male dwarf tree frog, Litoria fallax, calling from the pool/pond.

Their call is a ratchet-like "Reek...pip. Reek...pip...pip." I will have to get a recording of their call.


Male dwarf tree frog, Litoria fallax, calling from the pool/pond.


Male dwarf tree frog, Litoria fallax, calling from the pool/pond.


Male dwarf tree frog, Litoria fallax, calling from the pool/pond.

They are very welcome in our backyard.


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