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Tawny Frogmouth - The Nightjar (2009) by Neil Ross

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(214 viewings – 13 favourites – 14DEC 2010)

Tawny Frogmouths are Australian native birds that habitat open woodlands and urban areas alike. They are often mistaken for Southern Boobooks, but are not owls at all. Frogmouths are members of the nightjar family, and are more closely related to kookaburras and kingfishers than to owls. However, like the owls, they are silent night hunters. In flight, they do not make a sound! Birds of prey are easy to identify; their eyes are always set forward.

This is one of four chicks that frequented my yard in Brisbane QLD last summer (2009-10). There were two nesting pairs, each producing two chicks, so we had eight birds in total at one stage. The females would sit with their chicks while the males were banished to the other side of the tree (or yard). I feel so privileged that they deemed my home safe enough to raise their young. Australia is certainly a lucky country when it comes to wildlife. Even in the cities, it’s quite literally on our doorstep… or above it!

Photos taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

Original Image:

Original Edited Version:

The Stalemate: CAT vs. BIRDS: What to do?

The Sollution:

My cat Jasper just couldn’t help himself. Two of the Frogmouths regularly roosted on the downpipe for their day-long siestas. He could see them, and they could see him. He was impatient, so after weighing up the situation, he shot up the tree, crossed the only stable branch, and found himself… on the roof. Perfectly safe, the birds looked on with what could only be described as amusement. He had buckley’s chance… and they knew it! Once the comedy show was over, they settled in for a quiet days sleep. Jasper slept too, and serenity reigned supreme.

Siblings (B&W)

I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Kamila  Krizova/Aitchison
    Kamila Krizov...over 4 years ago

    Great shot ! u r really lucky to have these beautiful birds in your back yard ! :-)

  • Many thanks Kamila. I count my blessings to have such beautiful wildlife in my own backyard. We’ve got some amazing critters here. You should see the water dragons… great big lizards. I’m working on a pic of them at the moment. I love your artwork. I wish I had your talent, and would love to be able to draw and paint. Now that is skill :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403over 4 years ago

    Well done Neil, you have managed to photograph one of Australia’s beautiful owls and edited him in a way that is quite captivating, love that black background! :-)

  • Thanks Tania. I’m very fond of this bird, and I hope I’ve done him/her justice.

    – Neil Ross

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    Well done indeed…. Very nice on black… one of my FAV ways to make an image pop… :))))

  • Thanks Debbie. I love these birds, particularly when they do the “stick” thing. It’s so funny when the parents go rigid and still, but the chicks wriggle about and want to watch everything that happening around them :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Kym Howard
    Kym Howardover 4 years ago

    Tawnys are my most favourite birds Love them and I had them in my yard in Brisbane at The Gap as well

  • I’m with you Kym. They are amazing birds. I’ve still got a couple roosting here, so I see them every day. The babies will be here soon enough :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • sonyalynne
    sonyalynneover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot – the editing really makes the image pop! I hope to see some in the wild one day; just have to get down to Oz and be lucky. :)

  • It’s worth the trip Sonya. Many thanks for your comment :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • heidiannemorris
    heidiannemorrisover 4 years ago

    beautiful x

  • thanks very much Heidi :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Phillip Weyers
    Phillip Weyersover 4 years ago

    Wonderful thing to have nature so close at hand, especially birds. Very nice result and well done on using a point and shoot for bird photography.

  • Not too much of a challenge with a Frogmouth, Phil. They’re pretty sedate during the daylight hours, although this one was a youngster, so it was fidgeting a bit. I’m rather happy with the end result though. One of my earlier editing attempts :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Roxanne du Preez
    Roxanne du Preezover 4 years ago

  • Hooray! Thanks very much r0xii. That’s made my day :-)))

    – Neil Ross

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    I love this! Actually, I love all three images. And lucky you are to have so much wildlife around. I’m glad the owl-like bird chose your yard to make a home. Animals and birds have a sense about good people …. :)

  • I believe that too, Betsy. I also believe that these guys know that my cats have never missed a meal, so the odds are stacked in their favour :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Marija
    Marijaover 4 years ago

    Betsy is right about animals and birds having a good sense about people. My husband calls me the grim reeper of animals because they always seem to come to me right before they die. Words out amongst the little critters that I give them a proper burial :) Love the eye contact the owl has with you Neil fantastic work!

  • This is one of my earlier editing efforts. I gave up many times, but it was the eye that gave me reason to persevere. I’m glad I did! If you’re the grim reaper, then I’m animal rescue man. I live only a couple of blocks from the RSPCA (our animal welfare society)… and they know me by name! What have you got for us today, Neil? I’m glad that you like this photo, Marija :-)

    – Neil Ross

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