To Swim or To Fly.

Amphibians are often viewed as slimy uninteresting creatures. Few people show interest in frogs and toads, let alone to investigate deeper into their biology and behavior. This is probably due to the fact that most amphibians that live near human dwellings are rather dull and lack any interesting feature. Take a walk into the tropical forest at night and your perception might change forever.

Among the earliest creatures from the South East Asia that stirred a lot of interest among European biologist was the Wallace’s flying frog. This is an arboreal frog which spend most of its time on trees. The female goes down to small pools on the forest floor at night to mate. A recent addition to the line of tropical flying frogs is the recently discovered Rhacophorus norhayatii which looks almost similar to the Wallace’s R. nigropalmatus.

In a night walk along the forest trail that cuts through the Titiwangsa mountain range I have witnessed several of the females in mud pools. These are not the kind of creatures we can see in urban areas, and certainly something worth photographing. I decided to leave the E-M5 inside the bag and took out the TG-2 instead. The camera is waterproof hence I did not have any reservation to use it very close to the frog, which was almost submerged .


Olympus TG-2
f/3.6 | ISO 800 | 1/60s | Amir Ridhwan

The camera was set to Super Macro mode with the built-in LED light providing illumination. I had a friend to hold and external hand-held LED video light to give some ambiance. We were fortunate that the frog was rather cooperative and I managed to get several shots before she took a dive and disappear into the murky water.

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