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Tawny Frogmouth at Wanniassa Hill

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Podargus strigoides at Wanniassa Hill - 2 Dec 2018
Podargus strigoides at Wanniassa Hill - 2 Dec 2018

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Walking back from nature reserve after dark and saw it fly over us and perch on a dead branch. Took a blind photo before it flew off.

4 comments

   24 Dec 2018
What about a Boobook owl can you explain the difference?
   24 Dec 2018
It's a Tawny Frogmouth. Southern Boobooks are brown (Frogmouths are grey), Frogmouths have very light colouring on the front, wing pattern is different (a good example of wing pattern of a Boobook and Frogmouth respectively would be these: Nocturnal Bird Ninox boobook (Southern Boobook) on 3 Apr 2018 & Nocturnal Bird Podargus strigoides (Tawny Frogmouth) on 15 Dec 2018) and Frogmouths have a distinct posture and shape (eg. head, perching posture at night). After you see a lot of them, you'll be able to recognise Frogmouths without having to compare them to other species - they're quite unique. :)
   27 Dec 2018
Sorry i should have been more specific. I have both Boobooks and Frog mouths in the park near me and even though Boobooks are brown in the night light they look grey and have a similar stance..
   27 Dec 2018
Frogmouths have a distinct patterning of white on their feathers with the most noticeable one on the edge of the primary flight feathers. I have added another photo which I edited to have more light so it's easier to see the pattern and colour. I also had another observer with me who agrees this was a Frogmouth. This is most definitely a Tawny Frogmouth.

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Perginae sp. (subfamily) (Unidentified pergine sawfly) at Wanniassa Hill - 4 Jan 2016 by RyuCallaway
Vanessa kershawi (Australian Painted Lady) at Wanniassa Hill - 12 Dec 2015 by RyuCallaway
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Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Wanniassa Hill - 5 Oct 2015 by RyuCallaway
Indigofera australis subsp. australis (Australian Indigo) at Wanniassa Hill - 3 Oct 2015 by RyuCallaway
Vinca major (Greater Periwinkle) at Wanniassa Hill - 3 Oct 2015 by RyuCallaway
Wahlenbergia capillaris (Tufted Bluebell) at Wanniassa Hill - 22 Feb 2015 by RyuCallaway
Bursaria spinosa (Native Blackthorn) at Wanniassa Hill - 14 Jan 2015 by RyuCallaway
Pyracantha angustifolia (Firethorn, Orange Firethorn) at Wanniassa Hill - 4 Jan 2015 by RyuCallaway

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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