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.

Tawny Frogmouth

Here’s a close up view of the bird’s head. It’s eye is now half open, keep a watch on me:

Tawny Frogmouth

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

Season: Summer

Location: Manly Dam Reserve, New South Wales, Australia

Latitude/longitude: 33°46’26.7″S 151°15’08.7″E


About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

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