Tawny Frogmouth Family (2010) - In The Mango Tree by Neil Ross


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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, although only one chick is shown here), 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, although I don’t pose too much of a threat, and they seem to realise that. Unless you know what you are looking for, these birds are not easily detected. They are very well camouflaged.

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.

B&W – Alien Infrared with modest Gaussian Blur on the foliage and blue temp shift, otherwise very little post-editing.

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

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  • gary roberts
    gary robertsalmost 4 years ago

    great image neil! we have one that occasionally visits us by sitting on the cable running across the street to our house:-)

  • How’s it going Gary. We’ve had resident froggies for the last 2 years. We seem to co-habitate nicely, ans it’s always great when the chicks arrive. I only discovered these babies a couple of weeks ago… they were well hidden :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

  • Cheers Janice :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 4 years ago

    Great find and capture, Neil, and a most interesting end result. What cute wee birds!

  • They are the most amazing critters. Many thanks Mike :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManalmost 4 years ago

    Super image Neil

  • Thanks very much Alex :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 4 years ago

    excellent work Neil

  • Thank you very much Kathy.

    – Neil Ross

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 4 years ago

    This is a great shot and the editing is very cool!!!

  • I thought so too Viv, and B&W seemed the way to go. It took a while to introduce the blue hue, but I think it gives it a bit of a lift and makes it a bit more life-like. I’m so happy that you like

    – Neil Ross

  • vigor
    vigoralmost 4 years ago

    The blue gives it a feeling of nite time!

  • Yeah, it certainly does :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic!!! Great composition!!! I love it!!!

  • Thanks Deb. I thought it was a good photo worth salvaging. B&W seemed the best way to go, and the light blue was just an afterthought :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    Great image!
    Wonderful treatment!

  • Cheers Lacey. It came out pretty well in the end. Another of my signature salvage jobs lol :-)

    – Neil Ross

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroalmost 4 years ago

    C-grats! Lacey

  • Cheers Lacey. I really appreciate this feature. Many thanks :-)

    – Neil Ross

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