Tawny frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouths
(2Dec 2016) Our neighbour John called when three frogmouths had decided to call his tree home for the day. It can’t be said with certainty, but it looks like the two parents have instructed the newly born to keep a sharp look out during their sleep. Or maybe they told him to sleep, but he is just naughty. It reminded me of my early youth when we had to pray for dinner, both eyes closed. Sometimes I secretly opened my eyes a little bit, halfway. A sort of personal rebellion…. who knows what goes on in the mind of a young frogmouth? These night birds are rather common, but not everybody knows their sound… or at least does not know that

is the sound of the tawny frogmouth.

Technique
Sometimes the photographic skills do not define the outcome. One can hardly get it wrong with birds as beautiful and patient and big as these. And a bit of patience for one of them to open their eyes. It happened to be the right one… a matter of luck. Having no tripod available and with limited light one needs to make sure to use a shutter time suitable for hand held photography. I prefer nothing longer than 1/125, because when cropping and enlarging from the RAW original, even the slightest movement of the camera will be visible with longer shutter times, I’ve noticed. To achieve that I used ISO-400, and f/7.1. Canon 700D with a standard 55 mm lens.