Last week we saw more of the developing Tawny Frogmouth chicks in Oatley Park Reserve, and above, a week later, taken a few days ago on rainy Friday. Click on photos to enlarge.
The following Sunday afternoon my wife and her friend Catherine joined me as we again checked out the Tawny Frogmouth nest. These seed pods looked radiant in the sunlight.
We began making our way down the track , and met up with some visitors to the park, whom we did not know, from Booleroo Centre near the Flinders Ranges in South Australia, who were checking out our beautiful reserve. We invited them to join us as we visited the Tawny Frogmouth nest.
We found a Rainbow Lorikeet nest nearby in a hole in an Angophora costata tree. It was easy to detect as the colourful lorikeet emerged and then flew off to detract us from the nest.
On reaching the nest site, we were caught with surprise to find the nest empty, and the birds gone. We appeared to be too late, and I felt sad that I had disappointed our guests.
As we discussed our disappointment, Bruce one of our visitors sighted the Tawny Frogmouth family in a eucalypt tree on the opposite side of the road.
There were sighs of delight as we observed and photographed the two babies sitting beside each other. Their white downy feathers stood out in the brown barked tree, unlike the parents which we had to look harder to find due to their amazing ability to camouflage.
Not only do they look like a eucalypt branch, but they actually shape their body to resemble part of the tree, closing their eyes and remaining motionless as they sleep out the daylight hours. You can see what I mean with this mother Frogmouth.
You can understand why they only choose certain types of eucalypt trees to rest in, and not the smooth pink Angophora trees that you saw the Rainbow Lorikeet nesting in the previous photos. See how the adult contorts its body to look like part of the tree. This makes them very difficult to detect.
The female Tawny Frogmouth has a light rufous colouring and the male is always grey coloured.
As you can see the father Frogmouth is keeping watch on the babies, who are awake, while the mother tries to sleep on a neaby branch.
A Sulphur-crested Cockatoo seemed curious about all the commotion, as he watched us pass by.
While we observed the Frogmouths an inquisitive Laughing Kookaburra appeared out of nowhere to observe us, and hopefully assist him in finding fast food.