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I am so delighted to see Tawny Frogmouths return to my yard. I've not seen any here since my last spotting back in 2012 - http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/212... and have not seen chicks since 2010. This spotting is a very young bird, and although it looks fully grown, it's fidgeting behaviour gives a good indication of its age. The facial expression on this bird was due to its first sighting of a cat. In fact, four cats... and a human. Its eyes were wide-open as if astonished to see such odd creatures, and its mouth was gaped. There was a lot of movement as its head turned from side-to-side, and up-and down, taking in all the activity beneath it. There was an adult in the tree which had assumed the characteristic 'stumping' pose, which is a type of camouflage so the bird looks like a part of the tree (see last photo). The little one was moving around way too much to be inconspicuous. It was also 40 degrees celsius (104 degrees fahrenheit) the day these photos were taken, so that would account for the birds casual posture in the second-last photo.
One of the favourite roosting trees in my yard for Tawnies is a large Chinese Elm, now in full leaf. Located in a suburban backyard in an inner-city suburb of Brisbane.
Spotted on Nov 16, 2014
Submitted on Nov 20, 2014
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