Thursday, 12 November 2009

Tawny Frogmouth study - 9

These chicks show their 'frogmouths' very well as they stretch and fidget about on their nest. Their very precarious nest. These are simple platforms of twigs laid across a fork in a horizontal branch, with a sprinkling of gum leaves for a lining to hold the eggs safely. By this stage, the platforms are falling apart. Time to leave.

Little bandits - at this age the chicks have a dark band of feathers across their eyes. This works well in breaking up the outline of their light grey fluffy down, although not so well with their big yellow eyes wide open.

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