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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 photo is of this years Tawny Frogmouth family (comprised of 2 adult birds and two chicks), taken in my backyard in Brisbane QLD, Oct 2010. Even though the chicks are only a couple of months old, they know a predator when they see one. Unless you know what you are looking for, these birds are not easily detected. They are very well camouflaged, even when exposed on a branch like this.

This and the other Frogmouth photos were not the easiest to take with a ‘point and shoot’ camera. The camera was hand-held, the birds were reasonably high up in the tree, the light was constantly shifting due to foliage movement, and at times I was at maximum zoom. This was pushing the limits of my camera, and it’s times like this that I miss my old SLR. I’ve tried to keep editing to a minimum, but still strived to achieve a decent end photo.

I’ve posted these photos, not for their artistic merit, but rather their educational merit. Many people have never heard of, let alone seen, a Tawny Frogmouth, so these photos may very well be their first experience. I hope you enjoy them :-)

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

Tawny Frogmouths doing the “stick” thing. They are beautifully camouflaged amongst a tree’s foliage, and definitely look like part of a tree branch. This is their defensive rigid posture when a threat is near. In this case, it was a butcher bird.


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  • Sandra Chung
    Sandra Chungalmost 4 years ago

    That is marvelous! :D

  • Thanks very much Sandra. I thought twice about posting this pic, but it’s a fairly clear ‘camouflage’ shot, and they can still be seen. I’m glad you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you for accepting my photo :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Many thanks Shulie :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    This is so cute, wonderful capture Neil. I have never seen one of these, thanks for sharing.

  • They are beautiful birds, and very odd characters. Thanks very much Andrea :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot!! Love your POV!!! Just love these little creatures!!! Well done!!

  • Thanks Deborah. I couldn’t really get a clear shot at them, and the foliage tends to distract a bit. It’s the best I could do. glad you like it :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic!
    Great work!
    This one made me laugh!

  • Yeah they’re in full “stick mode” here. It is funny to watch. They’re pretty casual little dudes :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    C-grats, Lacey!
    Still laughing!

  • Laughter is so good for the soul, and it makes me very happy to know that you got it :-))) I always feel happy when I see these guys, and I makes me feel like I’ve done something right that they want to live in my yard and to be with me… a warm fuzzy feeling I guess. Cheers for the feature :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic, little wise men .. and women!

  • I’m glad you like them. They certainly have a wise quality about them :)

    – Neil Ross

  • fungifun
    fungifunabout 3 years ago

    Fabulous find & picture. Great that you have them in your backyard. Well done, Anita

  • Thanks very much, Anita. We had so many at one stage it wasn’t funny. They eventually find their own territory but I still have 2 of the adults nesting nearby. I see them most every day. Glad you like the pic :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Michaela1991
    Michaela1991about 3 years ago

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