Some experts tend to keep mum about their experience, their ‘secrets of the trade,’ and not reveal any information that may give an edge to their ‘competition,’ as if there’s something to be won with that. And some, of course, are fine with imparting information, but at a fee, and charge for everything; I teach photography, so yes, I do follow this concept to an extent, but I also give advice freely, and there are more than a couple of posts here that contain useful tidbits, despite the accompanying dross. And with some topics, I’m generous in sharing the experience that I’ve gained over the years, allowing others to benefit from the trials and lessons that have been hard-won in the field.

For instance, when you discover a treefrog in, say, a newly-constructed greenhouse, and already know that they’re notoriously bad about finding their way out the same way they got in – like an open roof vent – and you scoop it up to take it someplace safer, you should know that, no matter how inviting and appropriate the location you try to introduce them to, treefrogs tend to act much like teenagers, and will reject your proposal solely because you’re proposing it to them. As such, they will leap away from the inviting branch directly under their nose and land, oh, someplace not nearly as inviting, safe, or hospitable.

the author with a Copes grey treefrog Hyla chrysoscelis where it landed in his shirt pocket, by The Girlfriend
Usually, they won’t be so cooperative as to remain there while someone goes and gets their smutphone, but on occasion, you may get lucky. In very rare circumstances, you may even be able to do some point-of-view closeups while the frog resolutely remains in place, still out in full sunlight as the temperature rises rapidly. I wouldn’t count on it necessarily, but it’s been known to happen.

Copes grey treefrog Hyla chrysoscelis still in author's shirt pocket
It’s almost unprecedented that, on trying again, you can convince a treefrog to accept your initial proposal and clamber onto a spot boasting plenty of shade and hidey-holes, safely out of the way, and not require a comical chase into even more inhospitable territory as you mutter irritably about only trying to help, which treefrogs, again, believe not in the slightest.

Copes grey treefrog Hyla chrysoscelis betraying its true nature by remaining in an ideal location
Should this remarkable event occur, however, there’s no way in hell that you’ll get a decent frame of them afterward. Treefrogs are far too stubborn to let something like that happen.