We have gone a few days without rain and I started wondering if the small puddle where the tadpoles have been developing might be drying up too quickly. So, I went over and checked on the growing tadpoles this morning.
The puddle is shrinking, but is still there and will probably last a couple more days, during which time we should get more rain. I saw a cluster of tadpoles feeding on a piece of greenish fruit of some kind that had fallen from a tree.
If you look closely at the right side of the green fruit you will see four or five small tadpoles eating away.
There were also quite a few new foam balls of frog eggs on and around the pond. It seems the frogs hedge their bets by continuing to lay eggs in the event the first group are eaten or die before reaching adulthood. I picked up a foam ball and this time did notice several small black frog eggs in the mix.
When I first walked up to the puddle, there was a scurry of activity as scores of tadpoles darted around and then burrowed down into the mud. I had trouble getting any pictures of the tadpoles out in the open, but I did get this shot of a bunch of tadpoles clustered in the shade near the edge:
And this shot of a lone tadpole swimming near the surface:
The following video shows the tadpoles eating the piece of fruit.
And this video shows the tadpoles clustered near the edge of the puddle.
Even if this puddle does dry up, there are many deeper areas of standing water in the area that will remain long enough for the little frogs to emerge. I will keep trying to get photos of them when they do reach maturity.
Life is good in Ecuador.