|The cover of the current edition of Australian Journal of Zoology is illustrated with one of my photographs, |
showing a Tawny Frogmouth in a typical nest site
The current issue of the Australian Journal of Zoology carries a paper by me and Duncan Rae on the nesting behaviour of Tawny Frogmouths in the Canberra area. This presents and discusses a set of results based on 253 nest records over several years. The brief online abstract and citation are reproduced below, but the full abstract and paper can be obtained by clicking on this link: Orientation of tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) nests and their position on branches optimises thermoregulation and cryptic concealment
Tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) in south-east Australia place their nests on open coarse-barked branches orientated to the north-east. This would fit their cryptic plumage and behaviour, expose the nesting birds to sunshine, shelter them from prevailing wind, give good visibility for detecting predators and clear space for rapid escape.
Rae, Stuart and Rae, Duncan (2014). Orientation of tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) nests and their position on branches optimises thermoregulation and cryptic concealment. Australian Journal of Zoology 61, 469-474.
|A Tawny Frogmouth sits over his two chicks|