The Suicidal Tawny Frogmouth

This Tawny Frogmouth has twice tried to become flat under my truck on the way home this weekend.

This shot is handheld at 1/10th of a second at 200mm using the new lens - "IS" is a thing of beauty :)

Illumination provided by a pair of LightForce 170 Strikers mounted to the front of my Ute.

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View all photos taken: Friday, 30th May 2008, This photo: 11:45pm

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  • apurdam (Andrew) said:
    Very cool.
    Looks like it's bathing.
  • Jon McManus said:
    That's actually pretty amazing... I was using my 55-250mm IS at 250mm this afternoon to take some photos of Peregrines in New Lanark, pretty amazing.
    Unfortunately, they were nowhere near as close :-)
  • Xenedis said:
    And it, or one of its mates, flew at us again last night on the way back from town.
  • teejaybee said:
    Owls like to do this too! And get blinded by the headlights... Pete got so close when one was caught in ours he almost could have picked it up. Very cool at 1/10 :)
  • MΛЯK said:
    These things are crazy!
    I had one do a kamikazi at my car once. It flew straight into the A-Pillar, came in through the window, landed on my lap, flapped a bit then died. Freaky experience.
    Oh yeah... Great shot. It looks kinda stunned.
  • David de Groot said:
    Cute little guy, if somewhat suicidal.
    That's the problem with bird photography, it doesn't matter how long your lens is, you're going to wish for something longer...
    Three times this daft bird has tried to meet the front of my ute. Luckily I was keeping an eye out for him after the first time but still had to stop abruptly twice more. This one flew off as I squatted to get down to it's level.
    Freaky story indeed! As for being stunned, most things do when presented with the big spotlights on the Ute ;-)
  • Yorri¢k said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Neat eh ? :)
  • Xenedis said:
    Three times this doofus of a bird flew out in front of us, and three times it scared the heck out of us.
    Next time it's going to cop it...
  • David de Groot said:
    Apparently it flew in front of Lea too.
  • leadegroot said:
    Almost - I could see it on the road, further up as I turned off.