I was duck nest hunting today round the back of our shed. I'm sure they are laying (they were and then mysteriously stopped) but I'm also sure they are hiding their eggs! But peering into a flax bush, I found something else. Look close....
Isn't s/he gorgeous!! I've never seen a frog in New Zealand before. This one is an introduced species called the Green and Golden Bell Frog. And it kindly stayed put while I got the kids to show them and then took pictures of it. (The kids wanted to take it inside for a pet, of course, but we left it where it was).
I'm hoping this means good things. Frogs breath through their skins in a way and are very sensitive to chemicals and sprays. I'm hoping this wee froggy reflects our mainly organic way of living and gardening. There is no pond out where s/he was, just a soggy ditch and the water tank (that is currently overflowing every time it rains). But I'm hoping in summer, it will find it's way to our dam (avoiding the ducks) and produce a few more little croakers.