Perched in his favorite tree this one of a pair of Tawny Frogmouths basks in the sun after weeks of rain and storms.
The general plumage of the Tawny Frogmouth is silver-grey, slightly paler below, streaked and mottled with black and rufous. A second plumage phase also occurs, with birds being russet-red. The eye is yellow in both forms, and the wide, heavy bill is olive-grey to blackish. South-eastern birds are larger than birds from the north. Tawny Frogmouths are nocturnal birds (night birds). During the day, they perch on tree branches, often low down, camouflaged as part of the tree.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


tawny frogmouth, podargus strigoides, nightjar, australian, camouflaged, nocturnal

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  • MIchelle Thompson
    MIchelle Thompsonover 3 years ago

    Stunning capture!

  • Many thanks Michelle!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Amazing eye contact – well done! What a face!

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 3 years ago

    Happy Halloween
    Pets Need A Hug

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Can’t stop looking at this…. just captivating BB!

  • Many thanks, they really are quite extraordinary birds, I’m slowly building a rapport with this one and his mate!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

    I’m sure he’s happy really LOL Wonderful capture!

  • Many thanks Trish, such a little character!

    – byronbackyard

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    They sure have funny little faces, excellent image!

  • Many thanks, they have a character to match!

    – byronbackyard

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47over 3 years ago

    Great photo.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 3 years ago

    What a gaze, nice shot.

  • Many thanks, such a cute, little guy!

    – byronbackyard

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