The Tawny Frogmouth

The Tawny Frogmouth

Wyn, Eos_Jan
Wyn, Eos
sunrise Valla_Jan
sunrise Valla_Jan
Wyn with
Wyn with a Jelly Blubber (Catostylus mosaicus)

After sunrise on the beach we did some gardening and I was sawing a branch
that was encroaching on our vegetable netting when Wyn said Stop!
I was a foot away from the young Tawny Frogmouth. Being nocturnal, they spend their day absolutely still and generally well camouflaged. This was a youngster with bright feathers easier to spot. Unlike owls they mainly catch insects and with their beaks not talons, and rather than flying about in search of food they sit still on a low perch and wait for their prey food to come within range.

Frogmouth in garden_w
Frogmouth in the garden


Then at 8am it was tennis and a victory 6-1, 6-1, 4-0 !!
I might be turning younger since turning 60.


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