A chorus of frogs enlivens the night at Cool Pond in West Virginia. At this time of the season the chorus is dominated by Gray Treefrogs, Hyla versicolor, a species that occurs from Maine to Minnesota and south to east Texas and southern Virginia. This individual was singing from the lower branches of a willow at the water’s edge. Yarrow’s Honeysuckle berries gleam in the background.
I was wading knee deep in the pond to get to the location where he was singing. Getting the lights in place and the camera and tripod positioned without scaring him off was a task. He really tolerated my activities as he was consumed with other tasks. This video was shot with a Canon 5DII, 180mm macro lens using Cyclops LED lights. Audio was captured with a SoundDevices 702 and Sennhieser MKH 20 microphones.
Gray treefrogs can be very well camouflaged when they are sitting in their environment. Below is a photo from David Lapp that shows just how well a Gray Treefrog can vanish into the substrate.
© David Lapp