JBL Expedition Indian Ocean: part 5 - nocturnal search for frogs

The later the evening, the louder the croaking of the frogs. But what kind of frogs?

Armed with enough headlamps and torches to illuminate a football stadium, the hard core members of our team went hunting after dinner. Our lodge was situated on the edge of the national park and so we didn’t need a guide. We were able to look for animals at our own pace! And that’s really the best way to do it. We found so many beautiful frogs, chameleons and insects and arachnids, had some amazing fun and didn’t get to bed till late.

We were particularly impressed by the frogs of the genus Boophis, which were very translucent but incredibly beautiful. These were patient little guys too, and let us photograph them. It was very pleasant shooting photos at nocturnal temperatures of about 20 °C. One night we were surprised by a thunderstorm, where a totally unexpected clap of thunder right above us almost gave us a heart attack. None of us had ever experienced thunder this loud before! The following rain brought forth even more frogs so that we almost forgot about the thunderstorm!

The fourth part was a report on the search for chameleons in the jungle: JBL Indian Ocean Expedition: part 4 - searching for chameleons in the jungle

The sixth part is about Mauritius, a jewel in the Indian Ocean: JBL Expedition Indian Ocean: part 6 - Mauritius, a jewel in the Indian Ocean

© 02.12.2018
Heiko Blessin
Heiko Blessin
Dipl.-Biologe

Tauchen, Fotografie, Aquaristik, Haie, Motorrad

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