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Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-80, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogmouths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-13 1:56
Viewed: 3364
Points: 46
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I have interrupted the spider photos with this Tawny Frogmouth as I just saw Loot's forum! It's not the best portrait but it's a Frogmouth anyhow!

I took this at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford.


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 an owl.

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.

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Hello Joe,

What a splendid close up from this particular bird. Sharp and ful of fine details. Amazing eyecontact. Lightning is oké. Interesting notes. Well done. Greetings and TFS BOB

Hello Joe,

Very beautiful closeup. Good composition. Great sharpness and so much detail to see.
Nice colours also. Well done,

Hello Joe,
Wonderful close up on this Tawny Frogmouth. Sharp and crystal clear image. Good use of flash. Brilliant composition.

Great detail in this extreme look Joe,
Nice "eye" for the shot.
Now if it had a frog in it's mouth.. ;-}}

Hi Joe,
A nice closeup of this frog mouth. Interesting name. Very good details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

You have captured that unusual look owls seem to have in their eyes...It is almost a detached look, as though they were not really there so to speak, but then again they are most ware of what is going in. I wonder if it processes things in it's periphery and simply doesn't react to them or pretends...very interesting and good close in look.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-13 8:37]

Hi Joe. You have found a fine shot today for mr loot. Good detail and fine detail in the feathers. the eye looks very good. well done TFS.

PS .let me know when you get the new 400D

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-13 9:04]

Hi Joe,

I will show off my ignorance but I never heard of Frogmouth until I saw Loot's. Another of your outstanding macros showing off every hair. The eye is outstanding.


Hello Joe,
Lovely details and an amazing composition!
Creative work, well done...
Pablo -

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-13 13:02]

Hello Joe,
Brilliant close-up of this Frogmouth. Perfect details. Very beautiful light and clear colours. Excellent composition.

Hello Joe,
splendid and impressive close up,
perfect focus and colours are just great,
well done,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-13 14:31]

Hi Joe,
Fantastic job on the close up Joe, details are amazing, I love his eye. The plummage is so sharp you can count the filaments in each feather. Thanks my friend.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-13 15:19]

Hola Joe,
interesante retrato y pov,
buen foco,
color y hermosa composición,

Hello Joe,
Superb close up with such sharpness,good colour and detail of the Frogmouth!
thanks for the notes as well

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-13 19:01]
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Bonsoir Joey, yesterday I wrote a note to Rick (Adanac) telling him his gallery was a real bestiary. In fact, I must add that yours too, we call the shot, here is the shot by Joey! Fantastic, you must have hundreds and hundreds of animals, bugs or whatever on your hard disks. This is a nice picture showing a bird that I don't know but its face looks a little bit like a nighthawk. I like the effect of the flash and the details, it is so sharp. Thanks,


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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-01-14 0:57]

Helo Joe,

Wow, superb closeup. So sharpand well detailed.Useful notes.



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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-14 5:04]

Hi Joe,
Wonderful close-up shot and that eye looks gorgeous. Awesome details on the plumage and I like the calm expression. Good use of flash and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hi Joe, amazing detail of splendid eye, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-14 7:34]

Hello Joe,
These are amazing birds and pretty hard to spot in the wild as they sit so still and are well camouflaged. I've seen a Frogmouth in the wild in Goa and in Australia, but never got as close as this!! Great capture, with very sharp details of the ruffled feathers! Well done!
Many thanks, Ulla

Hi Joey,
This is close!!! What a strange looking specie! You caught very nice details in a good composition with appropriated use of flash! I like its yellow eye a lot :)! Thanks,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-14 11:41]

Hello Joe, splendid shot ! The portrait is very good with great details and good exposure. The eye is very sharp and the feathers are just beautiful, thanks !


Hi JOe,
Superbe close-up, impressionnant, grande netteté et belle lumičre dans l'oeil.

Interesante y diferente toma con un buen acercamiento.

Pd.- Gracias por tu ayuda en la id de mi mosca.

Saludos: J. Ignasi

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