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Tawny Frogmouths - We Are Not Owls

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This is a Tawny Frogmouth and two chicks taken at Oakleigh GC in Melbourne. Found in all of Australia and Tasmania, these birds are commonly mistaken by the Australian population to be owls but they are actually more like Nightjars than Owls. They nest on a few sticks and goodness knows how they all balance on that small branch. They are night feeders and generally sleep and lounge around during the day emerging at night to feed on insects and small mammals. They have a unique pose that resembles a broken branch which allows them to sit and wait for their prey to come along.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like the shot.

Dave

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:17 Nov 2012 - 6:11 PM
Focal Length:360mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Custom
Title:Tawny Frogmouths - We Are Not Owls
Username:Davesumner Davesumner
Uploaded:18 Nov 2012 - 1:45 AM
Tags:Australia, Bird, Branch, Chick, Melbourne, Nature/wildlife, Oakleigh Golf Course, Tawny frogmouth, Wildlife / nature
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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
18 Nov 2012 - 3:49 AM

Awesome ! I have learned something new so early on a Sunday morning Smile Excellent photo of these owl like night jarrish birds and thanx so much for the info on them Smile Great stuff !

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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 5WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Nov 2012 - 5:34 PM

Bloody hard to spot these, excellent camouflage Tongue

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Merbert
Merbert e2 Member 5Merbert vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Nov 2012 - 3:11 AM

Great shot!
Thanks for sharing.
NorbertSmile

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