Tawny Frogmouths

I got an excited phone call a couple of mornings ago from a neighbour. In her back garden were three Tawny Frogmouths and she wanted me to come over straight away and take some photos. Of which I did.  Beautiful birds and you can see, from their colouring and some of their strange poses, how they easily be missed by prey or anyone looking around.  At one stage all three looked up in different directions. I suspect something was flying over that I hadn’t noticed because I was busy photographing them. I went over again in the afternoon to get them in a different light. One seemed to be on duty while the other two slept.

Tawny Frogmouth family

Tawny Frogmouth family

Tawny Frogmouth family

From Wikipedia: The Tawny Frogmouth is an Australian species of frogmouth, a type of bird found throughout the Australian mainland, Tasmania and southern New Guinea. The Tawny Frogmouth is often mistaken to be an owl. Tawny Frogmouths hunt at night and spend the day roosting on a dead log or tree branch close to the tree trunk. Their camouflage is excellent — staying very still and upright, they look just like part of the branch. The Tawny Frogmouth is almost exclusively insectivorous, feeding rarely on frogs and other small prey. They catch with their beaks and not their talons, something else that differentiates them from Owls.

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