The leading edges of the first primary (wing) feathers of the Tawny Frogmouth are fringed to allow for silent flight. The bulk of the Tawny Frogmouth’s diet is made up of nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails. Small mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds are also eaten. Most food is obtained by pouncing to the ground from a tree or other elevated perch. Some prey items, such as moths, are caught in flight!
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • MylieLynn
    MylieLynnover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work the first thing i noticed was the eyes! Very clear shot!

  • Thanks, they’re amazing birds … I had to climb under a gym to get the photos but well worth it!

    – byronbackyard

  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoover 4 years ago

    A stunning shot of this strange looking bird. Well focused & exposed, with great eye contact.

  • Thanks so much Paul … gorgeous birds but very shy!

    – byronbackyard

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickover 4 years ago

    What a great capture! Love this li guy and yes those eyes are well focused on you aren’t they! Well done~☺

  • Many thanks Kimberly, they’re a great subject when you can get them to open their eyes …. I was only using my Panasonic with this shot, It’s still a good camera with the lens,.

    – byronbackyard

  • serendipity3
    serendipity3over 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!!!

  • Many thanks Serendipity … they’re a fascinating subject!

    – byronbackyard

  • Paul Adkin
    Paul Adkinover 4 years ago

    What a great capture the focusing & composition is just brilliant. This has to be a favourite for me.

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    No this is a cool looking bird. Nice shot

  • Thanks Michael, they have an amazing ability to camouflage themselves!

    – byronbackyard

  • Isabelle Nivet
    Isabelle Nivetover 4 years ago

    oh ! yes !

  • Thanks, he’s gorgeous isn’t he!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot! Lovely and clear!

  • Judy Seltenright
    Judy Seltenrightabout 4 years ago

  • wildwomenlove
    wildwomenloveabout 4 years ago

    this is awesome…x

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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