My first morning of birding in 2015 yielded some nice birds, and for a few minutes I was tempted to start a year list, but I have never been much of a lister (life list excepted) so I let the idea slide!
The undoubted highlight was finding a roosting group -possibly a family - of Tawny Frogmouths. There were four in one tree, and another (probably unrelated) pair a little further on.
Somewhat frustratingly most of the birds were high up in the trees and were rather too silohuetted against the sky for lots of pictures. Having said that, I managed to get a couple of views where the birds were not just an outline against the sky.
I tend to see Tawny Frogmouths in the evenings, around street-lights and perched on power wires. These birds are nocturnal hunters, with large wide opening beaks. They are often mistaken for Owls, but are not in the same family as these other nigh time hunters.
Going by the name of Podargus strigoides
means 'gouty bird like an owl' - which seems to be a reference to their weak feet, and owl like form!
During the day these birds rely on camouflage and remain more or less motionless. The 'cryptic' nature of their plumage does make them hard to spot at times, and they do have more than a passing resemblance to a broken branch!
If nothing else, these pictures show how much the light can change on windy days, with big puffy clouds!
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