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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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Old 10 December 2017, 11:33 PM
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Those magpies are getting very cheeky





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Old 12 December 2017, 09:10 AM
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Okay, here's one I wasn't expecting. When I was rearranging my garden I accidentally evicted this little feller and had to quickly relocate it before the cats or the magpies spotted it:



I had no idea there were any frogs in my backyard. Google tells me that it's probably a Peron's Tree Frog.
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Old 12 December 2017, 09:07 PM
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Those magpies are very cheeky indeed. Did they invite themselves in?
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Old 12 December 2017, 09:34 PM
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Those magpies are very cheeky indeed. Did they invite themselves in?
Yes, and they were helping themselves to some mincemeat that I'd left defrosting on the counter.

Lucky the meat was intended for them anyway otherwise I would have been a lot crosser.
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Old 12 December 2017, 11:13 PM
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I had no idea there were any frogs in my backyard. Google tells me that it's probably a Peron's Tree Frog.
You should call Peron and tell him you have his tree frog. I'm sure he'd be as happy to get his frog back as that other pet owner was to get his cat...

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Lucky the meat was intended for them anyway otherwise I would have been a lot crosser.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they figured that out for themselves.
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Old 13 December 2017, 03:58 AM
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Oh and I also found out that one of the other names for these frogs is the "maniacal cackle frog"


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq0Kydr-Q_E
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