Tawny Frogmouth... by LESLEY B

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Arn’t they just gorgeous, my kids found them in our back yard up in our gum tree…

Cannon DSLR 1100, Zoom Lens 55 – 250 mm
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia 2012…

Despite their owl-like appearance, Tawny Frogmouths are not closely related to owls.
They get their name from their colour and the fact that Tawny Frogmouths are found throughout Australia in woodland and open forests of eucalyptus and acacias. they have a wide frog like mouth. Their plumage is a mottled grey with streaks of white, black and brown, which provides excellent camouflage. They are most active at night, mainly in the few hours after dusk and just before dawn. During the day they sit very still on the horizontal, sheltered branches of trees. The male and female pair for life, roosting near each other during the day. Breeding occurs from August until December with one brood per season. The same nest may be used from year to year, which is a flimsy platform of criss-crossed twigs built in the fork of a tree. Usually two pure white eggs are laid. Incubation, brooding and feeding young are the shared responsibility of both parents. Incubation takes 28-32 days and the young leave the nest to fend for themselves after another 25-35 days.

The males and females look very similar although the female may be slightly smaller.
Their diet mainly consists of large nocturnal insects and spiders. Mice, lizards and other animals are also eaten as long as they are small enough to be swallowed whole.

My grandfather taught me how to do Aboriginal dot paintings he instilled tradition and a proudness of my heratidge, My grangmother was waradjuri tribe one of the biggest tribes of New South Wales (Australia), My grandmother decends from the murry’s and roses, she was from the stolen generation… I paint real places in Australia every painting has a story or purpose , MY FAMILY, MY PEOPLE, MY LAND !!!

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  • HamperRefuser
    HamperRefuseralmost 3 years ago

    OH such beautiful looking creatures :D

  • Arn’t they absolutly gorgeous. Thanks for the comment and stopping by my friend … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • NewfieKeith
    NewfieKeithalmost 3 years ago

    I did think they were owls at first!! great capture and thanks for the info! awesome :))

  • I did also until I looked it up lol, Thank you for the fantastic comment … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • Karen Gingell
    Karen Gingellalmost 3 years ago

    I also thought they were owls – this is a great shot and you learn something new everyday – and Happy New Year to you

  • So did I, I had to go and look them up lol, thanks for stopping by Karen as allways a pleasure and a happy new year to you also … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • Virginia  McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 3 years ago

    pure perfect photo… adore these.

  • They are so cute, when I was taking their pictures it looked like they were smiling, mind you I took like 50 picks trying to get a good close up lol, my camera kept focusing on the tree and not the birds. Thank you Virginia … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • vkatt0304
    vkatt0304almost 3 years ago

    This is so sweet and wonderful.

  • You can say that again, they are so adorable, Thanks for stopping by … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • tjs1010
    tjs1010almost 3 years ago

    they seem very happy to see you! Great to have wildlife so close to home =)

  • My kids kept saying they were smilling at us, just quietly I thought it looked like they were lol, they are so cute and yeh it’s fantastic having the wild like comming into the yard, as long as they are the safe ones, I seen a red belly black snake in my yard, and I sure as hell wasn’t rushing back inside to get my camera lol… Thanks thomas for your comment, and I send you and your family love and light for the New Year … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Guendalyn … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture.

  • Thank you so much Julie, very appreciated … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • Innpictime
    Innpictimealmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you kindly … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

  • imagetj
    imagetjover 2 years ago

    Wow great shot, love these little guys

  • They are so gorgeous, I can’t wait till they come back to breed again, I’ll try to get better pictures, thanks for the comment … xox Lesley xox …

    – LESLEY B

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