Tawny Frogmouths roosting
Yesterday we had the opportunity to visit friends in Blackwood in the Adelaide Hills. They have an extensive collection of native Australian plants grown over many years. They are about to downsize by moving elsewhere and my wife was invited to come and get whatever cuttings she wanted. She loves opportunities like this and uses the cuttings to propagate more plants.
The weather was bitterly cold, overcast and blowing a gale – when it wasn’t raining. Not a great day for birding, you’d think. Well, the list I made was rather short but made up for by getting great photos of a pair of Tawny Frogmouths in a neighbour’s tree. It was close to the fence and easy to get some great shots. I am confident in calling them a pair as our friends told me that they have successfully raised several broods in recent years.
The nesting boxes in the tall gum trees in their garden have also had the following nesting in them in recent years: Galah, Eastern Rosella, Adelaide Rosella and Brush-tailed Possum.
How fantastic! I’ve never managed to spot a tawny frogmouth in the wild. I can’t hope to get as good a view as this….
Hi there Louise – I’ve never had such a good view before either – except many years ago before I had a digital camera. Come to think of it – I might have a very old photo on a 35mm slide taken in the 1980s at Hattah NP. Trouble is, all my slides are being scanned by my son who lives in Sydney – two days’ drive from home.
Beautiful shots, Trevor!
Thanks John – it was all too easy. Took no effort at all. Merely point and shoot. The moment I emerged from the car our friend said: “Bring your camera this way.” A few steps and there they were, just over the fence in a tree next door. It appears that they roost in the same tree every day. As I said, too easy.
But still…. Beautiful, clear, sharp shots. Well done!
looks like he’s in deep thought 🙂 wonder what he’s thinking?
And I wonder if he thinks in poetic form, John.