Last night I went to the clothes hoist in the small hours of the morning to retrieve some coat hangers to hang out some washing.

I reached up, without looking particularly, and got a most tremendous shock as a large bird took off from the corner of the hoist just near where I had been reaching.

As he/it flapped off towards the bigger trees at the back of the yard, I recognized it.

We haven’t heard the tawny frogmouth calling from the tree in the park opposite since mid-January.   I thought that meant he had left us but now I guess it was just the end of the nesting season and he has been around all along.

D, inside, had heard my cry of alarm.  I told him what I had seen.

“He will be back,” said D, and sure enough, when we went out again about 10 minutes later there the bird was.

D keeps fish.  He dug a pond out of an elevated garden bed when we moved in.  A visiting kookaburra perching in a tree near the fishpond delighted D until one day D saw it on the fence with one of his fish in its beak.

After that, protective wiring was installed. This seems to have done the trick.

In preparation for our impending vacation of the premises, the pond has been filled in. The fish are waiting (less a couple who made fatal bids for freedom) in a kind of trough made of old doors and lined with plastic.  The clothes hoist offered a good vantage point.  It was obvious what the frogmouth was interested in.

I doubt that if the bird could have caught the fish through the protective wiring, but D was taking no chances against the stupidity of fish. D rushed to install further barriers.  The frogmouth remained undeterred for about another 5 minutes just a metre or so from us before he finally flew away.



3 Responses to “Tawny”

  1. wanderer Says:

    awesome !!

  2. marcellous Says:

    Glad you liked it, W. It was an unusual experience.

  3. Andrew Says:

    Our Brother Friends had fish in a pond and they had to set up protective netting against…..I can’t recall. A long legged wading bird.

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