Birding Bloopers #13

I was telling my wife about all these bloopers and she reminded me about an incident in 1987 when we were camping at Lake Hattah in the Hattah-Kulkyne National Park in Victoria.

We were very annoyed trying to get to sleep one night when we heard a low “ooom-ooom-ooom” sound coming from nearby. We thought that some inconsiderate campers had a power generator going. Power generators are not allowed in most National Parks.

Next morning we discovered the source of the noise – a Tawny Frogmouth perched on a branch above our tent.

Even though the frogmouth started calling again the next evening, we slept well.

To read more birding bloopers click here.

Question for readers:

When did you experience an embarrassing birding moment? Perhaps it was a mistaken identification. Perhaps you didn’t look carefully enough and were later proved wrong. Maybe the bird itself fooled you in some way.

I invite readers to submit their birding bloopers in the comments section below. If it’s good enough I might just feature it in a post of its own, with a link back to your blog (if you have one).


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