These guys literally live outside my door, in a palm tree that brushes up against my verandah. I believe they are Tawny Frogmouths and not the extremely rare Marbled Frogmouths (which are sometimes found around these parts). The first time I saw them, I was blown away. They were within arms reach of me, yet had no fear at all. These incredible looking birds sleep all day, totally oblivious to my whirlwind children and the noise they make. Occasionally they open their eyes for a second, but barely ruffle a feather before dozing off again. They like to rest in the exact same place every day. Sometimes you'll wonder if they've moved at all in weeks!
Then as night falls, their eyes open up. Those magnificent orangey, yellow eyes that lock on you with their piercing gaze. They puff out their feathers as they prepare to go hunting for insects, frogs or other tasty things that might be on the menu that night.
What's most amazing is they have apparently been here for years, as a pair. They're monogamous you see. Tawny Frogmouths couple off and stay with each other literally till death do they part. They both take turns to sit on the eggs, look after the nest and raise the chicks. How lovely is that?
So I always like to keep an eye out for them and make sure they're both OK. Sometimes they leave our place for a few months, but they always return to this same little nook in the palm tree that is their home.
I am so grateful they let us share it.