It’s a numbers game

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.

Male and juvenile Tawny Frogmouth, Panmure Street Newstead, 13th November 2020

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The Pound Lane family

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7 responses to “It’s a numbers game

  1. Tawny frogmouths used to perch in a peppercorn next to the Merri Crk in Nth Fitzroy. They are the most extraordinary bird – like a cross between a plant and an animal.

  2. Hello Geoff,
    I’ve been watching a chick on the nest which I am guessing was hatched about 13 Oct. On 8 Nov I observed the chick doing a wing stretch and I’d guess each wing was at least 350 mm long and had a full set of flight feathers, so I’d reckon it’s pretty safe to assume that they can fly very early.

  3. Geoff , Lovely photos . I can’t believe how they have grown . Would you be happy to tell me your camera model and lens ? I am struggling to get clear shots like this and am actually going into the city on Tuesday to get them to check my gear . Mind you , it could well be a case of all the gear and no idea !!! Thank you again for your blog . It’s terrific Kind regards Marion Best

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. thank you for such amazing photos of such amazing birds!

  5. What wonderful photos Geoff. Thankyou for sharing.
    Aren’t they the most extraordinary birds?

  6. johnalexcarruthers

    Beautiful. Thank you, Geoff 🙏

  7. Great PCs as usual… but I have a particularly soft spot for these guys!! Thanks so much!!

    On Sun, 15 Nov 2020 at 9:31 am, Natural Newstead wrote:

    > Geoff Park posted: “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 n” >

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