With the arrival of Cyclone Jasper to the Wet Tropics of Queensland the frog breeding season is off to a flying start. The Wet Tropics Region and the Cairns Botanical Gardens are privileged to host a variety of fascinating frogs. As we venture into the dense foliage, our ears are immediately graced with the melodious chorus of nature’s finest musicians. Picture-perfect moments await us amidst the emerald-coloured backdrop.
So, my fellow nature enthusiasts, let the symphony of frogs be your guide as you step into a realm of Frog-dom. Let’s embrace the wonder of these amphibious marvels and continue to celebrate the astounding diversity that our planet has to offer.
For those who wish to immortalize these stunning creatures in photographic form, the Wet Tropics presents endless possibilities. Let’s Go Buggin Night Walks in the Cairns Botanical Gardens offer a multitude of opportunities to do just that! Join us on a magical quest to uncover the hidden world of frogs. It’s a sensory feast you won’t soon forget.
Australian Lace-lid (Ranoidea dayi)
I went to one of my regular spots to find a Lace-lid Frog so I could try to capture their incredible eyelids. To my delight my macro buddy Chris and I came across a number of individuals, as well as these two bound together in ‘Amplexis’. It was a moment too good to pass up, even though the shot could only be captured if I was knee-deep in a running creek. In my experience these frogs have always been very close to running water.
Closeup of the eye-lid in which has inspired the Lace-lid Frogs name.