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Tawny Frogmouth

Podargus strigoides


" I am baby #1 (pic 1), beside me is my sibling (pic 2) and then there's my parent with an extended neck, pretending to be a broken branch (pic 3). The three of us are awaiting the night when we can feast on little creatures running through the grass. " This is a family of tawny frogmouths with their soft grey plumage broken with white spots, brown streaks and black feathers. The three were asleep until they heard my footsteps. The adult (pic 3 & 5) had an intense stare with big yellow eyes and it was very vigilant sitting beside the two dopey newborns.


Spotted on a eucalyptus tree in my backyard


I am lucky to share this spotting with everyone, as a good news story, at a time when there has been so much loss of wildlife.
I heard these birds two nights ago with their "oom oom" in rapid succession. They have an uncanny ability to throw their calls- they could be sitting right above you and still sound distant. Families of frogmouths have visited us regularly but never this close to the house. They prefer to sit on dry to semi dry tree trunks with little foliage so they can camouflage themselves like tree trunks and have a vantage point low enough for spotting prey like little lizards, moths and other insects. They look like owls but are related to Nightjars. More information in the references.
Family: Podargidae

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Thanks Ava. All credit goes to the fluffy wide mouths of course. They are cute.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 2 weeks ago

I was going to nominate you for SOTW for these wonderful notes, but someone already has.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Thanks Neil. You're so right about the little ones not staying still - so funny ! Ours have just left their post and we probably won't see them for awhile either. They usually hang around the very back of the property... it's lovely to see or hear them now and then.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 weeks ago

It's funny when the littles wriggle around like a frog in a sock, but mum and dad are in the "stumping" pose. Gotta love the tawnies. Wonderful series and notes, Leuba. I haven't seen any of my tawnies since the "python hunting possum" ordeal back in Dec, 2017. The birds were in the adjacent tree, but disappeared that same evening and I haven't seen them since.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 weeks ago

Great spotting, Leuba. Congrats.

SukanyaDatta 3 weeks ago

All I can hope is that they live long and prosper. Wonderful spotting.The baby is so sweet and fuzzy.made me mushy.thanks for sharing .

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 weeks ago

WOW - Gorgeous spotting altogether! Great series.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 weeks ago

What cuties the youngsters are. Great to have them visit for a few days.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Jan 25, 2020
Submitted on Jan 25, 2020

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