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22 February 2006 @ 09:13 pm
The beautiful bird...  
If we do not look carefully, we may think it's just another branch in the tree - the frogmouth is another master of camouflage in the animal kingdom. The bird knows that and it trusts it so much that it allows us to get really close without getting disturbed. However, finding the bird is a tough task, for this bird belongs to the dense evergreen forests where there's hardly any light and is also home to some of the deadliest and most beautiful insects and snakes. The shola floor is made up of layers of fallen leaves and the dense undergrowth restricts easy movement and we were really fortunate to spot this lovely guy sitting on a branch just a few meters inside the forest from our camp.

Not much is known about the Frogmouth except that it's nocturnal and hawks insects. It's a little less than twice the size of a house sparrow which was hard to believe since I had always imagined it to be a much larger bird somewhere in the league of its cousins - the owlets and the nightjars.

These guys always seem to have the "I know you can't see me, but I'll watch out for you anyways" look and their smiling beaks add a touch of humour to that as well. The frogmouth name seems so apt, but still I wonder at times what they could have called it if not frogmouth.

Yathinyathin on February 23rd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Going to that place for something like six times a year is something to live for! ;)

The full potrait of the Frogmouth was shot with a 105mm lens! :D
Sajith T Ssajith on February 23rd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
Wow. Now don't say that it is not cropped either!
Yathinyathin on February 23rd, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
No crop! The idea is to stay quiet and appear as non-threatening to the bird and it will allow you to come within just a few feet. :)