Tawny Frogmouth

When we lived in Woodenbong, in the far north of New South Wales, we one day came upon a Tawny Frogmouth trapped in between the wire fences of our house and our neighbour’s house.

My husband, Bryan, lifted it out and put it in the open shed we had at the end of the garden. The Frogmouth was very light and we didn’t know how long it had been trapped or whether it would survive. Bryan managed to spoon some water down its mouth (and its mouth is huge when the beak opens!), while I gave the bird some Reiki.

We left it in peace and quiet, then returned later on to find that it must have recovered enough to be able to fly away, which delighted us no end. From then on the Frogmouth hung around our garden and next door’s garden and we’d hear it calling from time to time.

Tawny Frogmouth’s look like owls but they’re not, they’re part of the Frogmouth family. As you can see from the photo, their colouring enables them to camouflage themselves easily in trees. In fact, I remember just after we’d moved to Queensland in 1994, sitting in a park, looking up and jumping a mile as I realised I was staring at a Frogmouth sitting quietly and well camouflaged on a tree branch.


21 thoughts on “Tawny Frogmouth

    1. I can tell you, Tammy, that it wasn’t too happy having water shoved down it’s mouth, not a happy camper, but at least it survived okay. It was lovely having such a close encounter with this bird, and great it hung around afterwards.


  1. He looks so annoyed! “First these giant creatures try to drown me and now they’re flashing this bright light right in my eyes!” I wish we could communicate with animals…


      1. Yes, I did get your translation and didn’t get back to you because I’m sitting on it (appropriate given I’ve got hip pain) and processing it. It’s like there’s something hidden which the words have touched off within me but I haven’t quite grasped it. One of the things I struggle with is practical work – I enjoy creative stuff but not the practical side of selling my art and setting up places to sell. I also know that, as my father was so tight-fisted, I tend to spend money to make sure I don’t end up like him and I find it hard to set prices which are reasonable – I tend to worry about how people can afford my work rather than, I guess, setting prices which support me financially. But yes, thank you very much for taking the time to translate those words – they’re being worked on sub-consciously so when I make sense of it, I’ll get back to you. And thanks for your time in translating, I really do appreciate it, because I have the sense that the remaining hip pain is due to metaphysical reasons, and I guess I’ll understand when my understanding pops up in my conscious mind.


    1. Yes, the camouflage is amazing. I jumped a mile when I realised a tawny frogmouth was looking back me from a tree in S-E Queensland, it’s really hard to distinguish them from the tree they’re perched on.


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