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A VERY UNUSUAL BIRD

“My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature…..Claude Monet.”

“Adapt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tawny Frogmouth

I’m still trying to make up my mind as to whether the Tawnys’ are ugly or exotically beautiful but whatever, they are certainly unusual.

These nocturnal birds which are native to mainland Australia and Tasmania are often mistaken for an owl but are in fact more closely related to the Nightjar. They are stocky and compact with rounded wings and short legs and generally weigh between 157 – 555 grams and measure 34 -53 cm. Their bills are hooked at the tip and topped with distinctive tufts. They have large yellow eyes similar to owls.

Are they dangerous? I have on occasions approached to within 50 cm or so without them showing any concern or aggression whatsoever, relying instead on their extremely good camouflage. I have come across them in parks and private gardens.

The birds mate for life and it is not unusual to see them roosting in pairs on low lying branches or in the fork of a tree.

If you happen to be in Australia, settling in for the night and hear this strange Oom -Oom – Oom grunting, it’s a safe bet that you have a Tawny Frogmouth or two in close proximity.

For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tawny_frogmouth

Remain observant and be aware at all times.

Jimmy Bee