About the photo: Bogey


In that photo you can see a quite common amphibian, at least it’s quite common in Estonia – Common Toad (Bufo bufo) who is peeking to see what’s going on at the surface. I’ve been trying to keep an eye on frogs and their breeding games for several years now. In the last three years I’ve been able to photograph underwater action as well. Between 2011 to 2013 I mostly took photos of Common Frogs (Rana temporaria) and Moor Frogs (Rana arvalis). That’s because I didn’t know where Common Toads were breeding. Those few places in my home village have been inherited for generations and because those breeding games don’t last for too long, they’re hard to stumble on.

I was actually quite ill during that little photosession – high temperature, headache, sore throat and cough. Well, you can’t hold a crazy person too long. I took my camera which was placed into Ewa-Marine and I set my steps to the nearest river. The water was not that deep, but muddy, and that’s why I had to move slowly to avoid mud and bubbles, making water feculent for a half an hour or so. So it’s not like you just go and take some good photos in minutes. It doesn’t work that way. I didn’t have my waders this time so I was forced to accept using some rubber boots, which didn’t help much, but I got used to that kind of discomfort.

As I was in the water for hours and many days I somehow forgot how ill I was and I got even sicker. While Common Frogs and Moor Frogs tend to croak on the surface, Common Toads like to do that underwater. Sometimes I felt like someone was holding on to me – some male Common Toads try to grab anything that moves because of their urge to pass on genes, isn’t that great.

holding on