Local bird life while gardening

jackassThis one is fairly obvious in the tree, a kookaburra.  I was removing some old sleepers and there were lots of bugs underneath.  A group of six kookaburras was hanging about looking for a feed. (There is no specific collective noun for kookaburras but I like the idea of a cackle of kookaburras.)  When I took this photo of the kookaburra I spotted something else in the tree.  Can you see it in this next photo?

hidden birdscreen-shot-2017-02-20-at-8-29-40-amThis bird is so well camouflaged.  It looks just like a piece of bark in the tree.  It was not at all interested in moving so I was able to get a few photos.  You can click on the photos to see them more clearly.  The bird is a tawny frogmouth.

I managed to get one photo with its eyes open but unfortunately I was pointing towards the light so it isn’t a good photo.

tawny frogmouthWe checked out our bird book.

bird bookinfo on frogmouthfrogmouth imageI was amazed by how still the bird was. This is the first time I have seen a frogmouth.

We also had a group of magpies checking out the grubs but magpies are very common so I didn’t bother with a picture.

 

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