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Tawny Frogmouths - We Are Not Owls

By Davesumner    
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

Tags: Australia Melbourne Bird Branch Chick Wildlife and nature Tawny frogmouth Natureandwildlife Oakleigh Golf Course

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Hermanus 3 4 South Africa
18 Nov 2012 3:49AM
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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18 Nov 2012 5:34PM
Bloody hard to spot these, excellent camouflage Tongue
Merbert Plus
6 5 1 Australia
21 Nov 2012 3:11AM
Great shot!
Thanks for sharing.
NorbertSmile

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