It was a full moon two nights ago (huge tide and more beach erosion!) and I heard a noise on the balcony. When I went to have a look I saw we had some nocturnal visitors – a family of Tawny Frogmouths. They aren’t owls (they are related) but sure look a lot like them.

Tawny Frogmouth family

The one on the far right is the baby. His or her feathers looked so soft and new.

I wish that woman with the camera would ping off!

They do this swaying thing with their head and body (bit like a snake) when they are agitated.

The baby of the family
The parents

Then after about 10 minutes they turned their backs on me and flew off.

I thought they might be messengers but the phone hasn’t rung yet!

24 thoughts on “Tawny Frogmouth

  1. Oh how lovely. We used to have a family living nearby who would often spend the day in one of our trees. But I haven’t seen them for a while now and miss them. I loved watching the young ones ‘learn’ to stay perfectly rigid in that nose-in-the-air camouflage position that they adopt for protection. But they could only manage it for a while until, like babies everywhere, curiosity would get the better of them.

  2. I love the tawnies. We have a really big one who comes into our garden at night. He looks very genteel and would suit a waistcoat and a fob watch. He has great eyebrows. Beautiful birds!

  3. Wonderful photo’s Gabe! We had a family of spotted owls living on our office block. Mother, father and 3 or 4 babies. Unfortunately some of our ethnic people believe that owls bring ‘bad luck’ and this whole family was killed during the weekend by stoning.

    1. Thanks adeeyoyo. That’s terrible about the owl family – reminds me of the Madagascan Eye Eye (Stephen Fry did a show about endangered species and he introduced the viewers to this strange looking creature)which has been killed because of superstitions – the locals believe if it points it’s finger at you, you will die.

  4. In my backyard (on my farm)I had two couples nesting and had a bundle of little ones. Watching the parents adopt the ‘broken branch’ camouflage position as the little ones romped around, I used to imagine Mum and Dad grumbling out of the side of their (frog)mouths “Sit still! Sit still!”

  5. I love Tawny Frogmouths.
    We’ve had a few of those visitors around our way too … but you’ve captured wonderful photos of them.

    Those eyes are incredible!! 🙂

  6. awesome. wow. and beauties. hey, the phone doesnt have to ring for them to be messengers you know. they might have just come to let you know you’re alive and doing well as a poetess and writer and mom et. al. bringing inspiration – may be that’s the message. very cool shots.

    a rest stop
    birds half way home
    in the night

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