by Bill Howard
Up close & Personal
Birds in Flight
A - Z of Birds
Dryandra Woodland – Western Australia
The Tawny Frogmouth is one of Australia's most fascinating and endearing birds.
They are considered the daytime camouflage specialist. By perching perfectly still in a tree during the day their bark-like coloured feathers allows them to look like a broken off or dead tree stump.
Tawny Frogmouths pair for life and these photographs show a family group.
The two young birds had fledged (taken their first flight and left the nest) the previous night. The next day the Frogmouths decided to roost during the day on pine logs surrounding a car parking bay.
Only 40 centimetres from the ground, with the occasional car or person walking within a metre of the roosting Frogmouths, they continued to sit all day pretending they were not there.