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Tawny Frogmouth Owl

How incredibly camouflaged is this Tawny Frogmouth. She and her young spent a few days in the tree near Bob’s shack last Summer. She was quite high up in the tree, so it was difficult to get a good picture.
The streaked colours and shades of black and grey are perfect to help it stay hidden during the day.

The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) are nocturnal birds (night birds) and their primary wing feathers are fringed which allows them to fly silently.
They are found throughout Australia and can be seen in a variety of habitats excluding denser rainforests and treeless areas. They predominantly eat nocturnal insects, works, snails and slugs as well as small mammals and reptiles, frogs and birds and pounce on their prey from high up in the tree.

As you can see they camouflage beautifully.

Tawny Frogmouths have a regular breeding season and both sexes incubate the eggs. The male sits during the day, but both sexes share sitting at night. They normally only have one brood each season and Bob was so lucky to see these during the day!