A Growling Grass Frog

On a visit to the Western Treatment Plant we stopped at the Crake pit in T-Section which due to intermittent rain has maintained a water level that is perfect for several species of Crake. Along with watching and photographing the crakes we heard a Growling Grass Frog – a frog becoming more rare and endangered in many areas of Southern Australia including Victoria. It is also called the Southern Bell Frog and rather unkindly: the Warty Swamp Frog. I quite like the name Growling Grass Frog. It has a deep drawn out call and you assume it is a larger frog but when seen it not very big at all. Recently I started to record sounds of various birds and pretty much anything else I could get close to. I have found that there are very few areas that don’t have man-made noise pollution in the background – freeways near wetlands, boats along the coast, distant chainsaws and trail bikes far out in the forests. Luckily in this case the background sounds were two rather melodic birds: the Australian Reed Warbler and a Little Grassbird.

Click on the play button to hear the Growling Grass Frog

Growling Grass Frog, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee

Growling Grass Frog, Western Treatment Plant, Werribee

8 responses to “A Growling Grass Frog

  1. Bright green color frog is quite good….

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  2. You never cease to amaze me, I learn about a new Australian species every time you put up a new post. I had no idea I was so ignorant! thank you for educating me, although I don’t think I would recognise the birds without help. And I can’t remember ever even seeing a frog.

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    • Thanks for the kind comments Sue. I only started watching and photographing birds a few years ago at my local park and creek. I just started with one bird and identified it (White Plumed Honeyeater), then onto the next bird (2 actually, a male and female Red Rumped Parrot who looked quite different to each other). I met up with other birders in the area with similar interests and we spend a day every few weeks exploring good birding sites around Melbourne. On the trip to the Pooh Farm where we found the frogs (another species to come yet), I had in the car, a very experienced birder, a good photographer, and a 19 year old naturalist with an excellent ear, who can identify many different mammals, reptiles, frogs, birds and flora. I am trying to learn something from each of them on every trip…I thought just looking out for birds was eye-opening but try being with people who can see everything and know what they are looking at…very humbling…

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