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Old 22 October 2017, 05:13 PM
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I stepped outside my house at 2am which just happened to be the exact right time to spot a Tawny Frogmouth fly along the street at head level and then perch on a street sign just opposite me:


(My phone camera takes terrible photos at night.)

I've seen them in the neighbourhood so I knew they had to be around pretty much every night but this is the first time I've seen one this close to my house in 16 years of living here.

As you can see I got right up next to the sign, the Frogmouth froze in place and was doing its impersonation of a broken tree branch which is how it usually avoids predators. Someone should tell it that only works in trees and not when it's sitting on a street sign.

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Old 23 October 2017, 12:02 AM
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He’s really cool, GM. The closest thing we have a poorwills and nightjars, which are so much smaller than that. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 24 November 2017, 09:36 AM
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There's a core group of about 6 or 8 magpies that visit me daily and a few more that pop in every now and then. This one is one of the infrequent visitors. It has a very badly broken leg which is twisted 180 degrees backwards but it doesn't seem to slow it down at all.



I hadn't seen it for a few weeks so I was a bit worried about it, good to see that it's still around.
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