Tawny Frogmouth on Canvas
This is a very special Australian bird called a Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides). He is one of a pair I startled on my farm after a night of heavy rain. They had been sheltering under some ground branches and he flew one way, while she went the other. It was the first time I had seen a Tawny in the wild. Male and female pair permanently and during the day roost near one another on bare but sheltered branches, stumps, and even shaded ground. At the hint of threat or disturbance they freeze, compacting their plumage and closing eye slits, looking just like a broken branch. All frogmouths are night-active, mainly in the several hours after dusk and before dawn. Large nocturnal insects, spiders and myriapods (millipedes, centipedes, and others) are prey and these the birds snatch from the ground or low branches in gliding dives from a vantage perch. The photo of the canvas (hanging on display in a dark hall for the Kondinin Art Prize) does not do it justice. The canvas measures 60cm X 40cm. The purchase price of this canvas, includes a guarantee that this original image will never be used again (no prints). You will also be purchasing the digital copy, in case you want another or a larger copy.