Tawny frogmouth by gosia

Tawny frogmouth

The tawny frogmouth is native to Australia. Those big-headed stocky birds often mistaken for owls due to their nocturnal habits and similar colouring. One of the best examples of cryptic plumage and mimicry in Australian birds is seen in the tawny frogmouth who perch low on tree branches during the day camouflaged as part of the tree. Their silvery-grey plumage patterned with white, black, and brown streaks and mottles allows them to freeze into the form of a broken tree branch and become practically invisible in broad daylight.
Wonderful bird that I have never seen. I check twice to see if it was a wood sculpture, or an owl. Thanks for sharing this great capture.
October 24th, 2014  
Lovely shot of the owl.
October 24th, 2014  
Wow - this bird doesn't even look real - what an interesting character and cool photograph
October 24th, 2014  
Awesome capture! I have never seen one. It looks like something from a fairy tale.Fav!
October 24th, 2014  
Just love seeing this - fav
October 24th, 2014  
Brilliant shot, they aren't the prettiest of Australian birds are they and the blend in so well with their surroundings.
October 24th, 2014  
Wonderful bird.
October 24th, 2014  
A really great shot. They are hard to get a photo of, and this is great.
October 24th, 2014  
What a beautiful bird! He really is camoflauged!
October 24th, 2014  
Great shot of this wonderful bird
October 25th, 2014  
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