Friday, February 16, 2018

Tawny Frogmouth..



AT LAST! As you know I have been trying to catch a pic of the tawny frogmouth for ages! Was so excited to see this little beauty on a walk around Lake Joondalup. They are masters of camouflage, sitting in the paper-nark trees alongside the lake.. how about that tree bark! I discovered that the tawny frogmouth isn't an owl as I thought but actually from the podargus genus. Although they look a wee bit like owls to amateur-birders like moi there are many differences between the two if you read the link. The owl hunts by swooping down and picking up it's prey with its claws, the frogmounth uses its beak, check out those tufts of bristles atop its beak, making it an easy prey for feral cats as it lands on the ground to get its prey. They normally travel with a mate, I searched but couldn't spot it. Still, one is better than none right! Talk about an expressive face. You won't believe what it did when it thought I was getting too close, show you tomorrow. Happy Friday, take care and stay safe..


30 comments:

  1. I can see how it would easily blend in and you could walk right past and never see it. A beautiful and distinctive looking bird... and what a glare!

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  2. Blends in really well Grace. I've only seen them at the animal parks.

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  3. This beauty is well-camouflaged! I wouldn't want to get meet this thing in a dark alley at night. It reminds me of one of my dad's mother. Oh, stop. She's been dead for years and she was a cranky old lady.

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  4. Love the way this bird posed so nicely for you. It even talked to you. Excellent series.

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  5. I'm so impressed that you spotted him, Grace! I thought it was a made-up name when I saw your title! ;-)

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  6. What a tough-looking individual. My favourite bird name is the Zitting Cisticola, but the Tawny Frogmouth runs it close!

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  7. Brilliant photos. I always thought it was an owl. Are you sure you spotted it and not P?

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  8. Favourite bird ever! Fabulous photos, PDP. So hard to spot in the tree!

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  9. He is very cute! I thought it was a little owl at first.

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  10. I love this little guy with the very cool name. I too, thought it was a wee owl. Then I looked up the name you said it was and learned something new. Great photos, Grace, nice and sharp!

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  11. He's a lovely looking fellow, I've never seen anything like him.

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  12. WoW!! Looks So Soft and Beautiful. What A Moment In Time And Thanx So Much For Sharing!!

    Cheers

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  13. Great shots Grace. I sure would not want to get in the way of that beak. First one of those I've ever seen.

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  14. Great eye! And we get to share your luck with amazing pictures. What a cool looking bird, and the tree has such texture. It's a treat to see him/her. Now I'm going to click that link and learn more. Thanks.

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  15. Weak feet, they have?! Oh, poor fellas, LOL.
    Yes, I thought, too, that´s an owl (and I love owls) and was wondering about the hairy beak.
    Can´t wait to see what he did when you were too close, Grace!

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  16. You made some very better photos of the bird as me. Great ones!!

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  17. Oh well done you must be so thrilled with those photos, brilliant. Love the 4th photo down, I am sure it is laughing at you LOL. Looking forward to the next edition. Have a great weekend Diane
    P.S. I think the cough is getting worse!!!!!

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  18. Wow Grace. What a discovery. Thanks for sharing. I drooled all over the images I was so jealous! I look forward to your post tomorrow!

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  19. I have never seen one of these. Great shots.

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  20. Oh Grace, your photos are wonderful! I've never heard of this bird before. What a beauty. It appears to be just tolerating you in that first shot!

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  21. Oh wow, what wonderful photos of this great looking bird. He does have a fierce look when you get a full face view.

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  22. Oh! Great shots!
    They are so nice!
    I envy your sense.
    (And the next post, too!!)

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  23. Awesome photos of the frogmouth. You did so well to spot it.

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  24. Australia has so many beautiful creatures (snakes not included)!

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  25. Cool bird, Grace !
    (Something new for me, again...)

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