The Golden Eye!
Western Ghats is truly a hidden treasure of India. There are many species large and small that are yet to be discovered or described. My only wish is to see as many as i can before the pristine forests along with its gems are engulfed in the name of development!
Pictured here is one such gem found in the the mighty Ghats! A froglet stage of an endangered species of frog - Rhacophorus lateralis, that was rediscovered after more than a century or perhaps neglected for a century!!
It was my dream to see the tadpole and froglet stage of these frogs, luckily i was able to find couple of them in froglet stages.
I wanted to show the beautiful eyes, but couldnt get a better image than this.
It was very challenging to shoot, the conditions were very bad, it was raining with strong winds, the leaf was rocking heavily, in spite of such movements, the froglet was on the leaf.
Hope these gems stay here for many years to come!!
''Rhacophorus lateralis'' is an endangered species of rhacophorid tree frog endemic to the Western Ghats in South India. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, intermittent freshwater marshes and plantations. After its original description in 1883 by George Albert Boulenger, the frog was rediscovered in 2000 by Daniel Bennett and team from University of Aberdeen expedition to the region Along with ''R malabaricus'', it is one of the few anuran amphibians in India.. more