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" 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.
Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31
Spotted on Jan 25, 2020
Submitted on Jan 25, 2020
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