A couple of Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) have been spending their days resting in the backyard banana patch of a friend of a friend in Kelso, and we were invited to see them and take photos last weekend. Life here has been busier than usual and it has taken me nearly a week to upload the results but here they are.
Lorraine, whose banana patch it was, told us that there were usually two birds here but that the bigger was away when we visited. She also told us that we could stroke the bird – which we did, gently.
Are they owls?
Tawny Frogmouths are not owls but are more closely related to other insectivorous nocturnal birds (other frogmouths in India and Southeast Asia and (probably) nightjars) but according to Wikipedia no-one is really sure.