The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is a reasonably common bird - but it's one that is often hard to find because of its wonderful camouflage. This bird will also pose in a 'head up' position, in which it looks remarkably like a branch.
We found these birds in out local area - unfortunately in a park that is about to be heavily altered to make way for a better railway station in our area. The tree in which the birds are nesting is going to be removed at some time, but for the moment at least the birds are being left alone.
I visited these birds a number of times over the weekend in the hope that the young bird would be showing well, he it never really did. It was always tucked into its parent.
These birds are often misidentified as owls, but they are more closely related to Nightjars.
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