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Copyright: Paula van Balen (pvb) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powerhow A550
Exposure: f/4, 1/10 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Dedications at TrekNature Part Two, Frogmouths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-08 10:45
Viewed: 4118
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today's upload is dedicated to Goutham Ramesh who has been staying in The Netherlands for his work and is now again back home in India.
It has been an honour for us to show him around in our country and we enjoyed every minute of it.
He is a wonderful human being, an excellent photographer and a wonderful friend.
So thanks again Goutham for the great time.

The Tawny Frogmouth, Podargus strigoides is an Australian variety of frogmouth, a type of bird found throughout the Australian mainland, Tasmania and southern New Guinea. The Tawny Frogmouth is often thought to be a species of owl, but they are related to nightjars. They do not have the strong talons (claws) of owls. There are 14 species, or types, of frogmouth. Tawny Frogmouth prefers open eucalyptus woodland.
Males and females look alike, and are 35–50 cm long. They have yellow eyes and a wide beak topped with a tuft of bristly feathers. They make loud clacking sounds with their beaks and emit a reverberating ooming call.
Owls fly around at night hunting food, but Tawny Frogmouths generally remain sitting very still on a low perch, and wait for food to come to them. They catch prey with their beaks, and sometimes drop from their perch onto the prey on the ground.
Tawny Frogmouths hunt at night and spend the day roosting on a dead log or tree branch close to the tree trunk. Their camouflage is excellent — staying very still and upright, they look just like part of the branch.
The Tawny Frogmouth feeds on rats, mice, cicadas, beetles, frogs and other small prey. They catch their prey with their beaks rather than with their talons, another way in which they are different from owls.
Tawny Frogmouth pairs stay together until one of the pair dies. They breed from August to December. They usually use the same nest each year, and must make repairs to their loose, untidy platforms of sticks. After mating with the male, the female lays two or three eggs onto a lining of green leaves in the nest.
Both male and female take turns sitting on the eggs to incubate them until they hatch about 30 days later. Both parents help feed the chicks.
The chicks move to the edge of the nest and direct their droppings over the edge. About 25 days after hatching, the chicks are ready to leave the nest and lead their own lives.

Le podarge gris (Podargus strigoides) est une espèce de podarge originaire du continent australien, de Tasmanie et accessoirement du sud de la Nouvelle-Guinée. On croit souvent qu'il s'agit d'une chouette mais il n'en a pas la puissance des griffes. On le trouve souvent dans les bois d'eucalyptus.
Le mâle et la femelle se ressemblent. C'est un oiseau de 35 à 50 centimètres de long, au plumage gris-argenté parsemé de taches noires et rousses, plus clair au niveau du ventre. Les yeux sont jaunes et le bec, vert foncé à noir, est entouré d'une touffe de plumes piquantes.
Distribution et habitat
On le trouve dans toute l'Australie y compris la Tasmanie. Il accepte tous les types de végétations en dehors des forêts trop denses et des zones déboisées.
Il se nourrit de petits mammifères, de petits oiseaux, de petits reptiles, d'escargots, de limaces, d'insectes qu'il attrape avec le bec et non les griffes en se laissant tomber sur le sol du haut d'une branche. Il peut aussi attraper des souris au vol.

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Hello Paula,
This fellow looks like he knows everything...:-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-08 11:17]

Hi Paula.
What acute and attractive specimen you have pictured. Great portrait of the bird. Superb strong composition, brilliant reproduction of the plumage and state of mood, nice BG and very interesting note. My compliments and Bravo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-08 11:52]

Hello Paula,
a stiking portrait of this Tawny Frogmouth.
+++ The POV is top-class and there is superb eye-contact.
Great sharpness and detail especially in the plumage.
Nice colours aswell.
--- Nothing :D
Well done,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-08 11:57]

Hallo Paula,
Prachtig portret van deze Australische Kikkerbek. Fantastische scherpte en mooi licht. Het is goed fotograferen in Avifauna. Soms hebben de vogels wel een mankementje, zoals deze bij zijn snavel. Maar dat is ook charmant. Minder prettig voor de vogel zelf.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-11-08 12:50]

Bonjour Paula
Superbe portrait, pleine face excellents détails
contraste, netteté et cadrage.
Amicalement Robi

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-08 16:56]

Bonjour Paula,

Quel beau portrait de cet oiseau, on sent presque ses plumes. Bravo pour la netteté et la simplicité, tu as bien capturé le caractère de l'oiseau. Merci!


Hi Paula,
Great capture, nice encounter.
Great portrait of this Tawny Frogmouth.
Great colors and sharpness.
Well done.

Hoi Paula,

Wat een prachtig portret en echt ragscherp. De details in zijn veren zijn prachtig, net als de kleuren. Mooi dat oogcontact ook. Topfoto!

Groetjes, Nel

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-09 9:05]

Hello Paula, good portrait of that bird, good sharpness, good eye contact and very good exposure. Well done,


Hi Paula,
Thanks a lot for the dedication. I have reached India safely.
This is a very good POV of a wonderful bird. The eyes are amazing and the details on the bird is also very clear.
Once again thanks a lot for everything


Hi Paula,
Certainly looks like the wise old Owl.
Nice portrait.
Well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-12 18:34]

Hello Paula,
Great portrait of this handsome fellow. Sharp details and great colors come through from your excellent camera work.

Ha Paula en René,

Prachtige close-up van deze uil René
goed scherp en perfect gedetaileerd
Prachtig oog contact en een schitterende dedication to Goutham

TFS Thijs

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-22 9:51]

Hi Paula

What a great looking bird, I love the expression. He reminds me of a Jim Henson puppet. Great framing, great POV and sharp details.



Hallo Paula,

Prachtige close-up van deze uil. Lijkt een beetje op een uil- de MOREPORK- die coasties (new zealand) onlangs op TN heeft gezet)Mooie scherpe opname. Fijne kleurstelling en volop details. Volgens mij hield deze bird je heel goed in de gaten, als ik zijn blik zo zie. Klasse werk. Groeten en TFS BOB

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-14 20:06]

Hello Paula

An excellent portrait of this Tawny Frogmouth.
The focus and sharp details are wonderful.
You have captured lovely eye contact and detail.
Your POV anf DOF are excellent.
Nicely composed in the frame.


bonjour paula
même si son bec est un peu abimé,je trouve que c'est un "chouette" portrait!!!
bien vu

Salut Paula,
How could I miss this one? What a superb portrait of a rare specie! Details are wonderful and what to say about this eye contact, beautiful and impressive! Exposure is well controlled and this centered composition works well. This is an outstanding portrait! TFS,

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