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アオジ・ツチガエル / Black-faced bunting and Wrinkled frog

It is a combination of small stories. All photos are taken in Yamaguchi pref.


A mountain stream that I had a good view of while birding.

緑の渓流 / Mountain stream surrounded with green leaves
Nikon D750 + AI AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D IF

A sprout or a different plant was growing out of the tip of a sharp, spiky decayed tree.

The sharp shape and the texture of the bark in the hard light caught my attention.

光に照らされる朽木の先端 / Tip of dead tree lit by sunlight
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

A wrinkled frog. Commonly known as "warty frogs".

When I was a kid, I think I used to treat all brown frogs as warty frogs.

These frogs don't run away easily when I approach them with my camera. The frogs in the grass finally run away just before I step on them, so I feel like I might accidentally step on them.

It stinks when caught, so I'm not sure if it's confident that it can escape even if a predator comes near, or if it's just trying to pass itself off as a piece of grass with its protective colors.

ツチガエル / Wrinkled frog
Nikon D750 + Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD

I think this is a juvenile black-faced bunting.

It's hard to identify a bird with this kind of color pattern on the spot. After staring at the picture book and checking similar images on the Internet, I decided that I was pretty sure.

アオジの幼鳥 / Juvenile black-faced bunting
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

A juvenile black-faced bunting feeding on an insect. This is a different bird from the one in the photo above.

虫を咥えたアオジの幼鳥 / Juvenile black-faced bunting with a bug in its beak
Nikon D500 + AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR

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