Tawny Frogmouth eyeing me carefully
Tawny Frogmouths are irresistibly picturesque. They’re nocturnal birds, members of the nightjar family, so they’re a bit dozy by day. This one was very aware of me as I moved quietly around below it.
Click the image to open in a new tab, and zoom in to take look at its plumage. The bird’s eye is almost entirely closed in this image.
Here’s a close up view of the bird’s head. It’s eye is now half open, keep a watch on me:
There’s not much happening in the videos, but you can see the careful, slow movements that the bird makes, trying to preserve its disguise as a dry branch:
There’s even less happening in the next video, but it gives a nice view of the bird itself. The harsh chirring noise is the cicadas, which dominate the bush at this time of year.
Common name: Tawny Frogmouth
Scientific name: Podargus strigoides
Approximate length: 40 cm
Date spotted: 26 December 2014
Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia
Latitude/longitude: 33°46’26.7″S 151°15’08.7″E