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Masters of Camouflage

Masters of Camouflage
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Copyright: Fatih Sam (fthsm) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon 400 5.6L
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Frogmouths, Fauna of NOTOGEA (Australian) Region [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-18 5:53
Viewed: 4226
Points: 16
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Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides

A friend sent me a very detailed map to find these guys. And I spent near an hour between a few trees. I couldn't find and I got bored. Than I went to another very well known park in Sydney. I was taking pictures of other birds and suddenly I saw them. It is really difficult to tell this but I was feeling that I will find them shortly. Here they are :)

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 3550 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 booming 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.


400ASA 1/60 f8

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Hi Fatih
What cool looking guy you have here :)
Well done and TFS

these are such amazing birds, TSF Ori

Merhaba Fatih,
I will try to open my eyes wide next time on the Sydney parks :)
Certainly they seems to camouflage with the trunk's bark, and I found very interesting the slight different hues on each plumage, brownish on the upper-left and blueish for the lower-right.
Good work and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hello Fatih,

Beautiful picture of thest two frogmouths. Excellent composition with a good cropping. Excellent DOF and sharpness. Superb detail in the feathers. Good natural colours.

Hi Fatih,
Beautifull sleeping queens :)
Very interesting capture. Naturals colours and good sharpness. Good job!
TSF Malgosia

Hi Fatih,
Very nice capture of these Tawny Frogmouths. The camouflage is indeed very good. Excellent pose and composition, sharp details, interesting BG and natural colours.

Hi Fatih,

Excellent capture of these Two Tawny Frogmouth's in there natural environment, prefect framing, detail and composition spot-on, really nice work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-19 0:02]

Hi Fatih,
Very nice capture of these Frog Mouths in the natural setting. Very difficult to spot them but you've done it well with such details. Thanks for sharing

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