Saturday, February 17, 2018

Tawny Frogmouth.. Strike a Pose!



I confess, I didn't spot the tawny frogmouth here and yesterday's post. I would have walked right on by if P hadn't pointed it out. Do you think you would have spotted it? After taking yesterday's shots I moved in a little closer and the most extraordinary thing happened. In the top shot the frogmouth is beginning to straighten its head and below the head thrust upwards and although the eye closes it is still observing every move as it assumes a branch-like pose.. one of the best examples of mimicry in Australian birds and absolutely fascinating to watch.. the masters of disguise! Happy Saturday, take care and stay safe..


25 comments:

  1. ...I would have never seen it, my eyesight ain't that great.

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  2. This bird obviously thinks its left side is its best profile. It has excellent camouflage.

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  3. Totally fascinating! What a devil of a disguise that is!
    We have had 2 days of above freezing temps and most of the snow is gone for now!

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  4. That's amazing. It transformed itself into another small branch of the tree! Wonderful captures, Grace!

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  5. That is incredible camouflage.

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  6. Oh my goodness right before our eyes even. It does just blend in perfectly, in fact it appears more like the bark of a tree than the bark that's on that tree! Marvelous share!

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  7. Wow. It looks like the trunk! LOVE it! Great photos. My favourite ever!

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  8. Wow, he blends right in and looks like a branch. Super photo, Grace!

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  9. Oh my goodness, what amazing powers of disguise it has, looks like a branch now.

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  10. You need a hawkeye to spot that bird! Amazing views!

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  11. Wow, that is truly very amazing, Grace! Big thanks to P for spotting, too :-)

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  12. That is truly amazing. I would never have seen him all blended in like that.

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  13. oh my word, that's an amazing bird.

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  14. I see this animal for first time! Arianna

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  15. Spectacular shots of a fabulous bird. I have only ever seen this species once on a visit to the ACT twenty years ago. I will be visiting Australia again in September/October and I certainly hope to find it again.

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  16. That is extraordinary - I'd never have guessed it could blend in so well. You captured it so well in these two posts!

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  17. I'd read that they did that but couldn't imagine how it could be so effective. Seeing is believing. Fabulous shots, Grace! I love seeing this bird.

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  18. Incroyable cet oiseau, au départ je croyais que c'était une branche de l'arbre, ce sont les pattes qui m'ont mises la puce à l'oreille. Grace tu m'as surpris avec cet oiseau :)

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  19. I'm weird. I think all birds are cute!

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