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What I Saw Today

A fortunate sighting when we found this baby Tawny Frogmouth. Mother was close by so hopefully it will find it's way back to the nest

Tawny Frogmouth
(Podargus strigoides)

When it’s not mistaken for an owl, the Tawny Frogmouth can easily be confused with a tree branch! With narrowed eyelids and a stretched neck, this bark-coloured bird is a master of camouflage.

Tawny Frogmouths are between 34cm (females) and 53cm long (males) and can weigh up to 680g. Their plumage is mottled grey, white, black and rufous – the feather patterns help them mimic dead tree branches
Their beak is large and wide, hence the name frogmouth.

Their genus name, Podargus, is from the Greek work for gout. Why?Unlike owls they don't have curved talons on their feet; in fact, their feet are small, and they’re said to walk like a gout-ridden man! Their species name, strigoides, means owl-like.

They’re nocturnal and carnivorous, but Tawny Frogmouths aren't owls – they’re more closely related to Nightjars. There are two other species of frogmouth in Australia – the Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis) lives in the Cape York Peninsula, and the Marbled Frogmouth (P. ocellatus) is found in two well-separated races: one in tropical rainforests in northern Cape York and the other in subtropical forests of southern Queensland and north-eastern New South Wales.

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Frank Brault08-Nov-2017 02:18
So cute. A marvelous catch! V
Ray :)06-Nov-2017 21:27
I really needed your commentary to understand what I was looking at :-)
Talking of Nightjars, one of my contacts on flickr (sshhhh!) has photographed nightjars at dusk. Seems like a challenge for next summer, as I know where to go at least!
Sarah Rehfeldt03-Nov-2017 03:18
So sweet and fluffy looking! I had never heard of it before.
LynnH03-Nov-2017 01:56
Excellent close look at this baby. Glad Mom is watching. I hope he makes it. V
Graeme02-Nov-2017 00:23
A superb capture of this little guy.V
Johnny JAG01-Nov-2017 19:58
Superb camouflage
Bill Miller01-Nov-2017 18:43
Fascinating. I have read about them but never seen one.
marie-jose wolff01-Nov-2017 18:04
very nice details! V
bill friedlander01-Nov-2017 17:07
Learn something everyday. Thanks for sharing. V
Dennis Hoyne01-Nov-2017 15:37
What an unusual bird, I've never even head of before! A fantastic photo, the lighting is perfect for the subject. V
joseantonio01-Nov-2017 13:27
what a great find.Very nice capture.V.
Faye White01-Nov-2017 11:48
Awwww, so cute!
Yvonne01-Nov-2017 10:53
Here was me thinking it was a banksia cone! Certainly is a great camouflage! v
Zoltán Balogh01-Nov-2017 09:50
How cute, great capture! V
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