Fauna and Flora of the Drakensberg: Share & Help ID.

16 Jan 2023 15:46 #78263 by Carl Gebhard
(thought I'd start a thread on the smaller things)

On our recent trip we saw some beauties and oddities.
Strangest of which was what we've come to learn was possibly a Rain Frog. No pictures as it was raining, heavily. But this creature represented a chubby soft tortoise smaller than a squash ball with hard to spot appendages and a grumpy face. Also, it went "pfweeeeh" when prodded. Like a lazy cat.
Anyone have ideas, is Rain Frog correct?

And then we saw this:
 
 

Simply lying out in the open next to a tarn. Once we'd climbed further I turned and saw two large birds coming in. We were too far off to notice markings, but returned to the scene an hour later to find the eggs had been turned. May be a Blue Crane?

 

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16 Jan 2023 23:40 #78265 by intrepid
This is from the classic "A field guide to the Natal Drakensberg" by the Irwins, which may help you ID the frog:
  

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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24 Jan 2023 06:49 - 24 Jan 2023 07:59 #78298 by Willsy
See pics of what I believe was the frog Carl is describing. Found on the path before Keiths Bush Camp 21st Jan 23. 

  

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24 Jan 2023 08:30 #78300 by firephish
looks like a plaintive rain frog, nice find.

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24 Jan 2023 19:48 #78301 by Carl Gebhard
@Wilsy
Looks very similar.
Though our suspect was smoother, paler and the appendages were less visible, almost as if none at all. A juvenile perhaps?
Found near top of Langies.

Odd critters.
 

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