Tawny Frogmouth

Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, Queensland, Australia

This is one of the more odd birds of Australia. They are not uncommon, but nearly impossible to see. Our guide knew where a nesting pair hung out, but I still couldn’t see this guy until he opened his eyes.

2018:09:17 08:27:24
Nikon D850
Nikon 180-400mm @ 310mm
1/160 sec, f/8
Mode: Av
Metering: Center-weighted average
ISO: 1250
AF mode: AF-C
White balance: NATURAL AUTO
Flash: TTL-3 + diffuser

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Cool bird… A bit smaller in the frame I think might work better, it would almost give a better look at it.

Nice shot, Sandy. Del had one of these for us (in the suburbs), but it never opened its eyes and was half hidden, so I didn’t get anything better than a record shot. The dark background you got here is quite appropriate for a nocturnal bird. Detail is excellent.