Tawny Frogmouth

One weekend in April 2003 while checking on the trees outside our fence, we came across a large bird, sitting on a low log. To our amazement we realised it was a Tawny Frogmouth. This was our first encounter with this species in the wild. It seemed unusual to us that it should seat itself so close to the ground. Also unusual was its seemingly inquisitive and unconcerned manner. It moved its head around to keep us in view and opened its eyes wide from time to time. I expected that it would have remained still and tried to blend in with the branches. I managed to go and get my video camera and to return and take some good footage. The bird stayed there till the late afternoon but was in the same position the next morning. It moved higher during the afternoon and then we lost sight of it.

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