Tawny Frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) have always been one of my favourite birds. I can remember when I was a child collecting the bird collector cards in Liptons tea, and the Tawny Frogmouth card was always my favourite. If you can find them, and it is difficult because they are tremendously well camouflaged in the Australian gum trees, then they are a dream to photograph, because during the day they pretty much just sit there, hardly moving. There has been a pair, with a young one, in a tree very close to where I park my car when I visit Woodlands Historic Park, so my photo blocks for many days are often bracketed at the start and end with the “Tawnies”. I love them!

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-03-19 (_MG_4949)
“Togetherness” – snuggling on the same branch is common!

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-05-01 (_MG_7236)
I love it when I can see their beautiful eyes!

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-03-20 (_MG_4975)
Well camouflaged!

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-04-29 (_MG_7080)
It looks like he is stretching his neck, but he was like this for hours, I think to “match” the adjacent branch

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-03-26 (_MG_5133)
Giving me the evil eye!

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-03-19 (_MG_4965)
Together again (still)

Tawny Frogmouth 2012-05-01 (_MG_7241)
Snuggling in the crook of the branch


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