American Toad (Bufo americanus)

American Toad (Bufo americanus)


Tonight I saw this American Toad (Bufo americanus) in the backyard. He really didn’t want to sit still for a portrait, but I insisted. When I first saw him, he was near the deck, so I got out the camera and put it between him and the deck so he wouldn’t go underneath to hide. That worked just as I had intended, as he hopped away from the camera. I managed to get about 20 shots, and maybe this one turned out the best.

The funny thing I noticed was that if I put the camera in his face, he was far more brave and would sit still for a bit. If I positioned it to his side, the slightest motion would send him off for a better position. I didn’t try putting it behind him, as that wasn’t the shot I was really after.