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07 November 2009

The Pobblebonks.

We're not sleeping much at the moment, the frog noises are just so loud.

The other day Bren sat down at the computer and googled frog noises. We listened to a whole lot of them until we identified the ones we'd been listening to day and night.

They are the Eastern Banjo frogs.

They also have the nickname Pobblebonk because of the 'bonk' noise the males make. When one starts others join in to make a chorus of bonks.

Lately we'd noticed some foamy nests in different parts of the house dam and decided to go and investigate.



We collected some in a jar and discovered that the foam is actually jelly that contains thousands of little frog eggs.



It must be too early for tadpoles as we only saw this one.

But after lifting up some rocks and sticks we finally came across a few little Pobblebonks.


I've heard that frogs are a good indication of how healthy an ecosystem is. If that is true then ours is very healthy indeed, you can't really say the same for my sleeping habits though.

12 comments:

Missymaomao said...

Wow. I heard that sound in my Ballarat garden and went looking for a frog, found in in the dogs drinking bowl. Got on the computer to identify it and it was an Eastern Banjo as well. Feels good to know that your garden can support them.
keep up the good frog watching work.

Leonie Guld said...

How amazing are those eggs!!!! The frogs are singing here to....add in the koalas, equals no sleep here either!!

Little Sparrow - Natural Toys & Handwork Supplies said...

HOW EXCITING!

teddybearswednesday said...

SO exciting!! How I love a frog, and a Pobblebonk I think that might be best word I've ever heard. I love Pobblebonks!! And that frog oh my soooo sweet! Thank you for such a gorgeous post and for introducing me into Pobblebonks. xo

sue said...

I loved reading about the pobblebonks too. Didnt they used to say on those nature shows that if there were no frogs there would be no human life either as they need to live in very clean surroundings (apparently like us) lol! Maybe you need some ear plugs to block out the pobblebonk noise! I think I shall remember that word for a very long time to come, one that makes you giggle when you read it!

farmdoc said...

Beautiful post with beautiful pics, Kate. This morning the Mole Creek Fire Brigade pumped out our local swimming pool so it can be cleaned and refilled for the summer season. It hadn't been chlorinated over the winter, and it had hundreds of tadpoles swimming around in it. We pumped them out with the pool water into a nearby creek. I hope they're enjoying their new home. I wonder what sort of frogs they'll turn into. Pobblebonks? xxx

farmdoc said...

I clicked your link and listened to the Pobblebonk's croak. It does sound just like its (Pobblebonk) name. Do you think the name came first? Or the sound? (Just joking.) xxx

Leah (mummy made it) said...

I am so excited to have found your awesome blog, I don't know which is better this one or the craftier one! That is excellent frog egg jelly, ours is nowhere near that impressive when we find it down the back. Thanks for sharing your adventures. I would def be buying your carrots and beetroot if I lived a couple of states closer!

charlotte said...

Those little frogs look sooo cute! I used to love trying to catch tadpoles and little frogs when i was younger, but i was never really good at it :)

Tania said...

That slime stuff is magnificent! Just off to get the middle kid who appreciates anything even mildly gruesome (the frog bit is a bonus)...

Christina Lowry said...

Yep, I had those frogs beneath my bedroom window as a child and grew not to notice them. Funny little things aren't they?! :)

Elizabeth said...

Lovely little frogs and you are so lucky to have them around!