I’m often astounded at how small Tawny Frogmouths are when they leave the nest.
The youngsters pictured below, from two separate nests, are surely barely able to fly … if at all. In each case they are perched with a parent at some distance from the now deserted nest. I’m intrigued about how they make this journey.
The pair from the ‘West bank’ are tending two healthy offspring, while the ‘East bank’ pair has just one bright and alert youngster. Pairs can lay up to three eggs but it’s unusual for more than two to fledge.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the family perched in a Peppercorn tree – the darkness under the canopy is clearly a nice place to spend the daylight hours.