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I was recently in the Solomon Islands visiting a project site on Kolombangara. On my list of things to see was the weird and wonderful Eyelash Frog – Ceratobatrachus guentheri. As night fell we donned our headlamps and headed out into the forest to begin our search. It was quiet – a little too quiet. We walked for some time, ears cocked in the humid air, before we heard it – almost like a dog howling in the distance. The eyelash frogs were out.
I walked slowly, crunching dead leaves underfoot when a beautiful orange-brown frog betrayed its presence by hopping across the carpet of leaves. My first eyelash frog!
I dropped my camera bag and lay down in front of the frog. Pretending to be a leaf – something these frogs do remarkably well – the frog lifted its head and, well, looked leaf-like. I wanted to give the frog presence within the frame, so I lay on my belly to get as low as possible in front of the animal. I wanted to capture the sharp angles and angular outline and decided this ...
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