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    Knob-handed Shrub Frog (Raorchestes tuberohumerus) | Hosanagara, Shimoga district, Karnataka

    Although the call of this frog is almost always heard plentifully throughout its range, it takes quite some patience to spot one due to this species' very shy nature. They tend to stop calling when approached or if they detect torchlight in their vicinity, after which they become even harder to locate, and the problem is compounded by the tiny size of the adult males.
    I spent some 15-20 minutes waiting around this individual while it got accustomed to my torchlight, after which it seemed to get used to my presence and continued calling and let me click from several angles. The ground was a steep slope, and to my surprise, this unusually bold specimen didn't shy away even when I slipped and crashed right into its shrub.

    Canon 500D, Canon 100mm Macro USM
    SS 1/200
    Av 16
    ISO 400

    Cropped to remove a hint of the hind foot. This was deliberately composed with the frog partly hidden behind the leaf. I have other full-body images which I shall post later.

    Thanks, C&C welcome.

    Audio here: http://www.indiawilds.com/forums/sho...0896#post70896
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    Beautiful details. Lovely eye contact. You captured it well. You don't wear a head light? Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice image. The western ghats has so much in store for the herpetologist. Were you alone or was someone else with you at that time? Thanks for sharing.

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    Sabyasachi

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    Sabyasachi: I was alone while clicking this.
    Mrudul: My headlamp stopped working right at the start of the 2 months of field work. Thereafter I was using a LED torch. At the time of clicking this I had placed the torch on the ground at a suitable angle, shining off-centred on the frog, so as to avoid disturbing it with the brightest central portion of the light.

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    nice to see this species and also hear its call ..this series of yours on the frogs of western ghats is really good. As you said many of these calls are oft heard without knowing what kind of animal makes it. i thought the glandular bush frog calls were made by some sort of insect all these days...

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