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Marbled Frogmouth

Marbled Frogmouth
Photo Information
Copyright: Joffre MIA (Joffre) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 24] (82)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot G5, Canon Zoom 7.2-28.8 mm 1:2-3, CF 128 MB
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mimicry, Camouflage, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1, Frogmouths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-02 2:28
Viewed: 10739
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot of a family of Marbled Frogmouth or Podargus ocellatus in 'camouflaged pose and fatigues' in the wild...

The Marbled Frogmouth is a small to medium sized (ie. 40-48cm) frogmouth with rich brown plumage delicately flecked and peppered with black and white and has bright orange eyes. It has a long, graduated tail and prominent tuft of cream and chestnut banded plumes protruding above the bill. The species has a loud bubbling, gobbling territorial call ending with a bill clap and a softer “koo-loo” contact call. It can be distinguished from the more common and widespread Tawny Frogmouth by its longer tail, finely patterned plumage and distinctive call. The Marbled Frogmouth has a conservation status of 'vulnerable'.

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To FeatherBirdLady: Tawny FrogmouthJoffre 2 12-03 02:21
To loot: Many thanks!Joffre 1 12-02 03:29
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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-02 3:06]
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Hi Joffre

What a unique capture of these 4 very strange and interesting birds. They are so well camouflaged that it takes one a minute or two to identify each bird. Well seen and excellently reproduced. Fact is that I could not even see anything but a tree, when I looked at the thumbnail, and even once I opened the photo I had to take a good look to see what was really hidden in the photo. Aaah, the wonder of nature!!!

Your composition is great, with the tree framing the photo on the right while the diagonal branch to the left adds to the confusing images of the birds. The colours are rich and natural, the details are well captured, the BG is sufficiently OOF and evenly coloured to enhance the subjects, and the exposure was spot-on. This is an amazing contribution to TrekNature.

Very good work, TFS.

PS. Although there are 9 other photos of frogmouths on the TN site, they all seems to be of the Tawny frogmouth. So, it seems like this is a TN first and in my opinion it is loose-hands the most interesting one of them all.

Hello Joffre

This is a most interesting post. I have read Loots comments and agree with him entirely. Well seen on your part. They almost indistinguishable from the tree branches. Well done and thanks for sharing this wonderful family. :-)

Amazing shot and POV - is the Tawny Frogmouth found in Australia, as well?

I am hoping to get to Australia sometime in the next couple of years for a visit and would love to photograph native Australian birds. :)

Hi Joffre,
What amazing camouflage these birds have!
It took some time to look at the image and then they start showing themselves
How did you spot them in the first place?
Well spotted and captured!
TFS - Shir

Wow, a perfect shot. The image is not at all boring ("birds that do nothing") and not at all monochrome ("birds are dully camouflaged" ). The image lives from a tension, the birds seem sleeping yet ...
Stay good, Dietrich

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-12-02 6:23]

This is an unblievable shot! I had to look twice before I saw all frogmouths. Good composition, well exposed and sharp focus. Wonderful shot, well executed and very unique. Well done and TFS!


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-02 8:49]

Hi Joffre,
I have to look for a while to see the birds! I'm impressed! Excellent capture, really unique. Composition, details, light, pose and comouflage are outstanding.
TFS, José M.

I would agree with most of the views expressed by people preceding me in the evaluation of your image, Joffre. It is truly a marvel of nature. It takes some time to make out that these are actually some birds and not reptiles.
Great contribution to TN in terms of the subjects you have featured in this picture.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-02 11:19]

Hi Joffre,
This is just an unbelievable picture. How interesting nature is. And it needs somebody to see it, to transmit it to other people. Thanks.
Best regards

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  • methos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
  • [2006-12-02 16:57]

Excellent shot!
Great that you saw them.
I love this picture...great job!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-02 17:01]

What amazing birds, Joffre.
I can't believe how well camouflaged they are, in colors, patterns, and shape.
Excellent POV to show off their mimicry talents.
TFS. : )

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-02 17:40]

Hi Joffre

How on earth did you manage to spot these, I sat looking at the shot for ages before I could see them because of the incredible camouflage, it reminds of the those magic eye picture that were all the rage a few years ago, I agree with Loot about the composition as it does indeed add the confusion, wonderful colours and lighting too and thanks for introducing me to the Marbled Frogmouth, I have added it to a camouflage theme I once did, hope you don't mind.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-02 22:55]

Hello Joffre

This is an amazing photo.Excellent display of camouflage.Great POV and DOF.The details are clear and well focused.A very interesting post.TFS


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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-12-03 4:39]

Bonjour Joffre!
Excellente prise et interesant sujet.
Merci pour le partage.

Dear Joffre, this is simply amazing. So refreshing at TN. TFS Ori

Dear Joffre,

These birds are an ultimate example of perfect disguise by Mother Nature which has evolved in many species over millions of years. My argument remains only one; despite of an excellent example of camouflage they are the listed threatened species in Australia, which means alone camouflage can not save the species from our invasion into their territory.

What needs to be done to recover this species?
• Protect forest connecting areas of known habitat from frequent fire.
• Fence areas of known habitat to exclude stock.
• Assist with removal of weeds in areas of known and potential habitat.
• Protect known and potential habitat from clearing, fragmentation and isolation.
• Reconnect patches of known habitat with wide corridors including streamside areas.
• Report any records, particularly those based on calls, from outside the accepted range to the Dept of Environ Conservation (DEC).

Regards-Subhash Ranjan

Refer website http://threatenedspecies.environment.nsw.gov.au/tsprofile/profile.aspx?id=10640

A splendid collection. I have no words to thank you for this photograph. But little loose frame can give more opportunity to fill the birds. (may be you intentionally croped it)

exceptionally capture


Hello Joffre,

Absolutely amazing shot, really interesting species, wonderful photo showing the ability of these birds to blend into their surroundings.


Hi Joffre Salkeld
Very Nice

What amazing camouflage these birds have

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  • RDx Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14 W: 4 N: 65] (282)
  • [2009-09-09 8:52]

You ae not allowed to shoot trees and claim they are birds !!! ;)

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  • Vidaro (32)
  • [2011-07-22 3:26]

i can barely see this animals! amazing camo! Great shot!


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