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May 30, 2015

Masters of camouflage 'down-under'

Photo by MalcolmC. / National Geographic Your Shot
(Podargus strigoides)
Two Tawny Frogmouths are seen in a recent photo (above) perched and camouflaged on a branch of a Golden Shower Tree in Queensland, Australia.   Frogmouths are native to Australia and Tasmania and are thought to look and act very much like owls, which they are not.   The photo immediately below was taken in Sydney by Keith Edkins, while the bottom photo was taken by Alan U. Kennington in Melbourne.  Wikipedia comments, in part, on frogmouth camouflage as follows: "Their silvery-grey plumage patterned with white, black and brown streaks and mottles allows them to freeze into the form of a broken tree branch and become practically invisible in broad daylight".
Photo by Keith Edkins
                                                                                             Photo by Alan U. Kennington
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