Silently Watchful Nightjar by byronbackyard

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With their nocturnal habit and owl-like appearance, Tawny Frogmouths are often confused with owls, but are actually more closely related to the nightjars. Their feet are weak however, and lack the curved talons of owls.
The leading edges of the first primary (wing) feathers of the Tawny Frogmouth are fringed to allow for silent flight.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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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  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    beautiful capture :))

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lindamell
    Lindamellover 4 years ago

    fabulous…how very well camoflauged this bird is well done to spot it :))

  • Many thanks, most people don’t notice them, it’s quite amazing!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy)
    Gary Davey (J...over 4 years ago

    Amazing looking bird, the clouds really enhance the image, well done. Do they always look so this serious …. :D

  • Thanks Jordy … they look that serious in the day as they’re nocturnal and just sleep and don’t want to be disturbed! They also don’t fly very well so they are always perched very low down and so are quite vulnerable!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hedoff
    Hedoffover 4 years ago

    Blends well with tree there Byron

  • Indeed Hedoff …. they’re quite amazing, no-one really sees them … luckily for them probably!

    – byronbackyard

  • jammingene
    jammingeneover 4 years ago

  • EagleHunter
    EagleHunterover 4 years ago

    Fabulous, looks like a fine painting.

  • Many thanks, they’re very interesting birds, much character!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago


  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Grandalf
    Grandalfover 4 years ago

    I’ve really gotta get me one of these, brilliant

  • Many thanks, I’m afraid they’re entirely undomesticated and don’t like to think what they’d do if you get too close …. I’d like one myself though too!

    – byronbackyard

  • jacann40
    jacann40over 4 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaover 4 years ago

  • Oh wow, that is sooo exciting, my first feature with this group. Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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