Forgive me for using this pun/play on words a second time, but last night’s frogging experience is worthy of this title.
After 50-150mm of rain fell along the coastal areas of South-east QLD, the froggers among us knew the opportunity was too good to miss! I met up with Craig and Donna (who have accompanied me on previous frogging outings) and we went in search of frogs in Tewantin National Park. To our dismay, we found that the area really had missed out on the bulk to the rainfall during the day. There was very little pooled water lying around and only Cane Toads the size of small chickens sitting around. So, not to be put off, we headed 21kms up the road to Pomona in search particularly for the Green-thighed Frog (Litoria brevipalmata). These frogs only go into a breeding frenzy after such a downpour as we experienced.
Once we arrived at the particular site, we knew we’d hit the jackpot! It was a frog-frenzy, which indeed included the Green-thighed Frog. It was an incredible transformation as just 24 hours before I was at the same spot and only found a few small puddles and very few frogs. A day later and knee-deep water had covered the site!
As I reminisced over the amazing frogs we’d seen tonight, it was a little saddening that some people will regret not getting out after the rain, whilst others never will appreciate what they’ve missed out on.