Is it a bird? Is it a branch? It’s a tawny frogmouth! How many can you see?

Tawny frogmouths photographed by Wayne Longmore, Museum Victoria

Tawny frogmouths photographed by Wayne Longmore

Check out this amazing photo taken by Wayne Longmore during a Bush Blitz at Neds Corner Station in Victoria… our latest internet sensation!

Found right across Australia, the poor tawny frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl because of its nocturnal antics and similar colouring.

During the day they rest, cleverly camouflaging themselves to look like part of a branch.

We discovered these tawny frogmouths alongside more than 100 other bird species during a Bush Blitz in 2011.

Join us at a community day during a Bush Blitz expedition coming up in Croajingolong National Park and meet the scientists and discover the wonderful Victorian plants and animals they have been collecting and finding.

Working closely with Parks Victoria, Museum Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, UNSW and the University of Melbourne, the expedition is one of two – including one at Gabo Island – which will focus on surveying and recording plants and animals both on land and in water.

Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project – a unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Australian Government through Parks Australia and the Australian Biological Resources Study, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals across Australia.

Neds Corner Station is managed for conservation as part of the National Reserve System by Trust for Nature.

7 thoughts on “Is it a bird? Is it a branch? It’s a tawny frogmouth! How many can you see?

  1. We used to have Tawny Frogmouths perch right up against the trunk of a tree next to our balcony at Beecroft. . They were so well camouflaged they never failed to startle me when they moved – opened an eye or blinked.

  2. At least 3 but is that a wing on the adult or another junior? I’ve seen 4 or 5 huddled together years ago, camouflage….. Then as days passed they dispersed but I could here the mother calling & young ones answering back from various positions in the bush. Sweet!!

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