Monday, 27 June 2016

#30DaysWild Day 27 – Tadpole update

No back legs are visible on the frog tadpoles tonight. This was an optimistic check-in as they are changing their swimming behaviour. They are now seen very close to the bottom, stationary a lot of the time but when they move it is fast, almost like they are running along.

The pond water is currently clear enough for the tadpoles to be seen but there's enough cover with plants and large pebbles to keep them safe too. The pebbles are working very well by our observations.

By my estimations the 10 week point, when the back legs are due to appear, will be on Saturday. We will be checking them daily from now on. They have certainly got the whole family gardenwatching :-)


At night especially, the tadpoles are seen congregating in groups.


Tadpoles resting on top of the pebbles make them easier to photograph.
Great to see the spaces between pebbles used for resting/hiding too.


A number of damselfly nymphs were seen tonight, a beetle is seen hiding too.


Pond skaters are seen more clearly when they rest on plant leaves.


Following these tadpoles has been such fun, seeing so many damselfly nymphs tonight was great too. They were also seen in groups and once again, resting on pebbles allowed an attempt at a photo. They are absolutely tiny, the photo above was cropped.

It would be just brilliant to take images from below the water. I’d love to do that. It would be fascinating to see all the wildlife that is living in the pond and from the viewpoint they see too. I’d love to share that here. For now, I’ll do my best with my zoom lens from above :-)



This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2016.

3 comments:

Lisa Greenbow said...

I haven't watched tadpoles like this since I was a small child, FUN.

Steve Willson said...

Hi, Shirley. I have enjoyed your posts for years. Your nymph appears to have exterior gills along the abdomen. That would make it a mayfly. Another species for your pond.

Shirley said...

Hello to you both, thanks for visiting and leaving your comments :-)

Lisa, Yay… I’m delighted to be sharing this with you… it’s been a while for us too. We can’t wait to be seeing legs :-)

Steve, thank-you for your visits and comment here. Ah… I’ll need to get better photos. I have a great reference book and I thought the tail was a damselfly. Thanks for the thumbs up, yes, and another new species. A fuller species count is very likely during July. I keep seeing new things moving around in the water – really quite fascinating :-)