Front image: Dyeing Dart Frog, image created at the Zurich Zooh! on 20 November 2013, Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro. ISO 1600, f/4, 1/40s, Evaluative metering -1.
Another additions to the poisonous frog collection: Dyeing Dart Frogs.
These species take their name from the way some indigenous tribes use the frogs: rubbed on the skin of young parrots they will toxify the skin of the birds causing them to grow feathers of different colours.
There is a great diversity of colours and patterns, as well as different level of toxicity but are not generally dangerous, though sufficiently toxic to discourage predators.
I find them quite delicate but quite difficult to shoot, their environment is the jungle floor with dim light (which a good zoo will reproduce) but their vivid colour make it easy to overexpose one or two channels burning their most vivid colours.
Compared to the images I made 10 years ago I was pleased to see that I have made progress, but I am still unhappy with my number of keepers and this is definitely something I will do again at the occasion of a next visit to Switzerland.