At the time of making this video it had been 16 days since the frogs spawned. Many of the tadpoles were at the wriggly stage. They were free of the spawn but not yet swimming.
I collected a few in a dish to have a closer look under the microscope. I hadn't expected to actually see through the gills and watch them working, circulating the blood with each heart beat to extract oxygen from the water. I am still amazed how well the video camera is working on the microscope:
Once filmed the tadpoles were returned to the pond.
A last minute video clip from last night. Just as I was about to turn everything off I spotted a Hedgehog helping itself to the crushed, unsalted peanuts in the Hedgehog House:
Obviously it wasn't the least bit bothered by the six white LEDs as it had a good close sniff at the camera.
Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.
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