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Australian animals - The Tawny Frogmouth

Posted by
: Helen : (who is currently photographing in, Australia) on 20 October 2014 in Animal & Insect.


If you have just joined us we are on an Australian animal safari for this series. All these photos were taken at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria, Australia. If you would like to return to the beginning of the series click here

Here are two photos of Tawny Frogmouths. I couldn't decide which photo to post, so I have posted both of them! This bird is often confused with an owl, but it is actually more closely related to a nightjar than an owl.

I have a pair of them living in the trees behind my house. I know they are there because I hear them 'hoo hooing' in the night; but I have never seen them. They are so very hard to see, due to the excellent camouflage their plumage provides. They sit with their heads pointing upward and the feathers look like the bark of the tree and their shape looks just like a broken tree branch.

- You might like to see a short video about the Frogmouth on the National Geographic website CLICK HERE
- Or see some family or feeding photos at the Museum site CLICK HERE

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/200 second F/4.0 ISO 160 200 mm

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Devi from Chennai, India

wow!! You are absolutely right !! What a beautiful camouflage !! Especially in the first shot, with the eyes shut...it is hard to make out!!
Wish you are able to trace their nest and get some shots. I wish you luck!!!

20 Oct 2014 5:29am

@Devi: Now you have motivated me! I have been set a challenge. Thanks Devi!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Well, I would have made the owl mistake must admit. Two very fine shots and I like the top one for that feeling of 'secrecy' somehow.

20 Oct 2014 7:03am

@Ronnie 2¢: Great feedback Ronnie. Always interested to hear what people prefer. Cheers!

michel creze from le havre, France

Bel exemple de mimétisme !!!

A fine example of mimicry !!!

20 Oct 2014 11:04am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

I like this fellow!

20 Oct 2014 12:01pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful photos !

20 Oct 2014 12:19pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

so cute! :)
very nice portraits!
such beautiful composition, focus, colors, lighting & bokeh!
L O V E L Y !!!!!!!!!!!!

20 Oct 2014 5:02pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

20 Oct 2014 6:31pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Oh, that is a cute little fellow.

21 Oct 2014 2:34am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


21 Oct 2014 12:47pm

maedeh ashrafi from kermanshah, hamedan, Iran

Love the colors and the light in it...

21 Oct 2014 1:41pm