Monday, 16 November 2009

Tawny Frogmouth study - 10

This nest site on the end of a broken branch is a bit cramped for an adult and two large chicks. However, the birds still succeed in maintaining their inconspicuousness.

These chicks are almost old enough to fledge, although they have not yet spontaneously adopted the concealment pose - like their father - upon the approach of a possible predator.

This fledgling has adopted the full concealment pose, mimicking its parent to form a branch-like profile as they sit motionless while observed. Once they sense that there is no longer any danger they will slowly shift around to perch across the branch and relax into a more conventional perched-bird pose.

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