Saturday, 26 September 2009

Tawny Frogmouth study - 3

Twenty of the pairs I am monitoring now have eggs and the males are incubating all day every day for approximately a month until the first eggs hatch. They mostly lay two eggs, but can lay one or three. The eggs are pure white, about ping-pong ball size, and as they are white they need to be covered all day to prevent magpies, ravens or currawongs taking them. The birds usually sit in a relaxed pose, but when a potential predator – like me with a camera – approaches they slip into their broken branch pose and blend into the form and colour of the tree.

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