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.
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.
They are also masters of of camouflage. The unique pattern helps them blend into the the moss and leaves on the riverside.
Photographing the frog on white ( MYN technique ) isolates the subject without any distractions. The images are used for conversation awareness and educational purposes.
A juvenile Ishikawa’s frog searching for food. (Wide angle perspective)
Sometimes they can bee seen crossing the road !
Be careful and pay close attention to crossing wildlife.
Let’s protect the wildlife of Okinawa!