Ishikawa’s frog (Odorrana ishikawae) is the most beautiful frog found in Japan. It is only found in northern Okinawa and currently on the endangered species list. It is one of the many endemic species facing extinction due to habitat loss. Ishikawa’s frog is a designated national monument of Okinawa.
This is my favorite frog on Okinawa. I have only seen about a dozen in the last three years.
Ishikawa’s Frog (Odorrana ishikawae) Night dwelling in the Yanbaru forest, Okinawa
They live around mountain streams in the Yanbaru forest. They hide in cracks and crevices in the rocks making it hard to photograph them at times.
Adult Ishikawa’s Frog (Odorrana ishikawae) ” out of the den “
They are also masters of of camouflage. The unique pattern helps them blend into the the moss and leaves on the riverside.
Ishikawa’s Frog (Odorrana ishikawae) ” blending into the surrounding “
Iskikawa’s frog searching for a meal
Photographing the frog on white ( MYN technique ) isolates the subject without any distractions. The images are used for conversation awareness and educational purposes.
Ishikawa’s Frog (Odorrana ishikawae) MYN - Isolation Technique
A juvenile Ishikawa’s frog searching for food. (Wide angle perspective)
herpetologists dream come true – the find
Sometimes they can bee seen crossing the road !
Crossing the road – Kunigami Village
Ishikawa’s Frog – Photographed using the L&M Stella 2000
Top view- Ishikawa’s frog
Be careful and pay close attention to crossing wildlife.
Ishikawas frog – Roadkill
Ishikawa’s Frog -Wide angle macro photography
Let’s protect the wildlife of Okinawa!