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A Tawny Frogmouth daring me to come any closer. Taken in my backyard on Tamborine Mountain in Queensland, Australia.

“The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is an Australian species of frogmouth, a type of bird found throughout the Australian mainland, Tasmania and southern New Guinea. The Tawny Frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl. Many Australians refer to the Tawny Frogmouth by the colloquial names of “Mopoke” or “Morepork”, which usually are common alternative names for the Southern Boobook. Frogmouths are not raptorial birds. The Tawny Frogmouth is almost exclusively insectivorous, feeding rarely on frogs and other small prey. They catch their prey with their beaks rather than with their talons, another way in which they are different from owls. Owls fly around at night hunting food, but Tawny Frogmouths generally remain sitting very still on a low perch, and wait for food to come to them. They sometimes drop from their perch onto prey on the ground. The bird’s large eyes and excellent hearing aid nocturnal hunting.”(Wikiepedia)

Canon EOS 7d. Canon EF 70-300mm lens.

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bird, feathers, tawny, frogmouth, owl, australia, queensland, eyes, canon, 7d

I am an avid photographer of 60+ and will shoot just about anything, although I’m not so good at moving objects. Anything faster than a snail leaves me for dead. (haha) I do prefer natural landscapes over urban ones but, really, nothing is safe from my lens. I also enjoy turning my failed images, and there are lots, into digital art.

In 2014 I started dabbling in Fractal Art using Apophysis 7x to satisfy my creative urges on the days when I can’t take photos.

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Comments

  • Kent Keller
    Kent Keller10 months ago

    Wonderful image of this amazing bird Ann!!!

  • Thank you Kent.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Jan Timmons
    Jan Timmons10 months ago

    What an appealing bird and photo! The Tawny Frogmouth is not a raptor? Interesting. I wonder what it eats?

  • Thank you Jan. I should have added this to my description.
    “The Tawny Frogmouth is almost exclusively insectivorous, feeding rarely on frogs and other small prey. They catch their prey with their beaks rather than with their talons, another way in which they are different from owls. Owls fly around at night hunting food, but Tawny Frogmouths generally remain sitting very still on a low perch, and wait for food to come to them. They sometimes drop from their perch onto prey on the ground. The bird’s large eyes and excellent hearing aid nocturnal hunting.”

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Jan Timmons
    Jan Timmons10 months ago

    Fascinating. Dine on insects, according to Wikipedia. Sweet photo.

  • You beat me to it. Yes. That’s right. :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambert10 months ago

  • Thank you very much Ruth. :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstone10 months ago

    Great shot, Ann! How’s life back on the mountain?

  • Thanks Mel. Not as productive as I had hoped. Not as many photo opps as I thought there would be. Might have to go back to the Gold Coast!! (haha)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • gaziola
    gaziola10 months ago

    A triumphant specimen!!

  • Thank you Gary. :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Qnita
    Qnita10 months ago


    2013/11/30
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  • Thank you very much. That’s a lovely surprise. :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...10 months ago


    30 November 2013 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Thank you very much. :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • TeresaB
    TeresaB10 months ago

    November 30, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Teresa. That’s wonderful.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Asoka
    Asoka10 months ago

    GORGEOUS CAPTURE!!!

  • Thank you Asoka. :)

    – Ann Van Breemen

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