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Looking for robins in the nest, finding a Tawny Frogmouth

Looking for robins in the nest, finding a Tawny Frogmouth

Eastern Yellow Robin's nest empty
Eastern Yellow Robin’s nest empt

The robins had fledged, but opposite I found an eye watching me.

Tawny Frogmouth, head
Tawny Frogmouth

The male and female pair for life and usually roost close by. I couldn’t see its mate, but they keep stock still, are well camouflaged and can be very hard to spot. They are nocturnal we have seen a pair on the frame of our vegie patch looking like gargoyles, and I nearly hit one as I drove up the drive. They catch moths in headlights, a dangerous tactic. They are more closely related to the smaller nightjars than owls.

Quoll kill frogmouth, Jagun_w
Quoll kill, Frogmouth, Jagun

 

 

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