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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

TINY TOAD. (08/10/14)

This morning I’ve been busy time lapsing, the time lapse is all about tarmac, I’ll show that tomorrow as it’s a long job producing videos. Before I started I went to find the newts again. I saw the Great Crested Newt as it had a bright white stripe down it’s tail. As is it’s want it shot down a crack into the ground. I tried cupping my hands over the crack and it did start to emerge but as soon as I went for the camera it disappeared again.

This tiny toad is only about an inch long and it wasn’t very cooperative either. I kept moving it so that I could get a good shot but it kept crawling away. These are the best. _V0G7512

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_V0G7514     It may have been awkward but it is a little beauty. I handle them very gently for if they get upset they stink and it takes some shifting. Raw tomato is the only thing I’ve found to get rid of the smell.

That’s all for today, it’s back to video editing for me.

31 comments:

  1. Oh, that little toad is just gorgeous! How clever of you to find it.

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    1. Frances, I visit this area every year so I know roughly where the amphibians are. This one is very small but awkward for a toad. They usually stay where you put them.

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  2. Splash "Tiny Toad" aftershave on your cheeks whenever you want to repel the women in your life. Sometimes a man needs peace.

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    1. YP, I don't need Eau de Crapaud. I have enough peace.

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  3. Oh yes, the little Toad, it is wonderful, I'd grab it and hold it, love it.

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    1. Bob it is wonderful. Don't grab just coax it onto your hand and they don't excrete that vile odour. This one is a quick toad. I've been after a snap for a week.

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  4. It's a shame that the newts didn't want to play but that cracking little toad made up for it, it's a beauty...[;o)

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    1. Trevor it's a good place to find them. I managed a snap of a palmate newt on Sunday but I cheated and had an assistant. I've been after this wee toad for a week and still couldn't get him head on. I think it's a her as she hasn't got a big thumb or is that only frogs.

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  5. We had an explosion of toads around here last weekend when my son was driving up. He said that there were thousands of them on the roads west of our place and that it was so distressing to drive. He probably killed several and drove over dozens of those that had already been killed. A very unpleasant feeling. They're such interesting creatures. Good shots.

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    1. Hilary, that is sad. When any new roads are built in the UK they put a wee tunnel underneath them for frogs and toads to wander through. I'm that daft that had I been your son I would have stopped the traffic.
      They are beautiful and rarely excrete their awful stink.

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    2. It was a steady flow of them for about 200k... not all in one spot. And it was nightfall. Not much anyone could do about it at the time.

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  6. I understand, but not from personal experience, that washing one's clothes in tomato juice will remove the odor of skunk spray.

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    1. Bob, I handle toads with love so only now and again do they feel threatened. I just crush a fresh tomato in my hands and the stink is gone.

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  7. You have to becareful of their excretion too very poisonous to dogs but this normally happens I believe in July/August. Is the orange spots normal, I have never noticed it before?

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    1. Douglas, my dogs will sniff them out but leave them well alone.
      The orange spots. I looked it up and apparently they vary from white to red. I use a strobe but colour corrected for it.
      Why ask me? Half the time I can't remember who I am or where the dogs are.

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  8. It is amazing to see the respect for all creatures that you and the others who have commented here have. I am glad to know that humanity and love still can be found in the hearts of excellent, excellent people.
    It made my day after having had to put up with greedy employers and the stupid wanks of managers who enforce a 45 hrs shift a week on the employees just because they can and also get more than 80% of wages by offshore model.
    Thanks!

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    1. Ruby, it is much the same here.
      I like animals. They rarely do any harm.

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  9. I can't say that I actually like toads but they are very useful little critters.

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    1. Graham, they eat slugs and sit about. This one is more active than most.

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  10. Great shots of soil and grass roots! Seriously! Oh ya, I like the toad, small or not.

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  11. How rude of him not to cooperate.

    Or...how rude of you to push him around.

    Pick one ;O)

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    1. R.Mac, i hope the little thing didn't mind too much.

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  12. Well after a week of trying to get these shots, they are certainly lovely and it was worth the wait.

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    1. Margaret, they are quick when they put their mind to it.

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  13. Beautiful frog, I like that bird's eye view,

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    1. Maria, it wasn't feeling in a mood to pose.

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  14. Great shots. Not something you see all that often.

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    1. Adam, this is a good place for amphibians. I was surprised how small it was.

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  15. Well spotted. My next door neighbour has a garden pond and I have a similar problem with unco-operative frogs when they wander further afield into my garden.

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  16. Jay, frogs are harder to capture than toads. The latter usually stay still when disturbed and crawl not hop.

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