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Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth (Image ID 41569)
Photographed byEvelyn Player on Sat 25th Jan, 2020 and uploaded on Fri 31st Jul, 2020 .
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ID41569
CommentEyes (and bill) Wide Open
This bright-eyed and happy looking fella is a well-liked Australian bird that is nocturnal and roosts like a branch during the day. As well as often being mistaken for a branch, he is also often mistaken for being an owl. I felt very lucky to have spotted him in the she-oak and was then very excited to watch as his eyes opened wide and his bill opened slowly and silently to reveal the yellow colour inside his mouth (which surprised me). I admit that I was a bit concerned that I had disturbed his sleep, so I checked up on what they do when threatened and learned that they fly off or hiss. So happy he did neither. (I also went back an hour or so later to find him still there, fast asleep once more.)
This is a focus blend of two hand held images taken a few seconds apart.
EquipmentNikon D850 with AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED
1/500 sec, f8, ISO 3600, 500mm
Handheld
LocationTrevallyn Reserve, Launceston, Tasmania, Tasmania
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