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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 or nightjars, 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, gum tree, northern rivers, byron bay

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    LOL. Wonderful close-up. Love the expression.

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

  • dperalta
    dperaltaover 3 years ago

    Hah! Well-titled and wonderful capture!

  • Many thanks Debi!

    – byronbackyard

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 3 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant BB!

  • Thanks so much, she’s a little cutie isn’t she!

    – byronbackyard

  • celtusone
    celtusoneover 3 years ago

    great capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    April 30, 2011

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 3 years ago


  • Many thanks, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 3 years ago

    Thank you for adding your featured work to The Best of RedBubble!

  • Lynda Lehmann
    Lynda Lehmannover 3 years ago

    Wonderful closeup!

  • Many thanks Lynda!

    – byronbackyard

  • Angie66
    Angie66about 3 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Many thanks, I like this one, it’s the female of a pair!

    – byronbackyard

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