Tawny Frogmouth chicks
On the Word Wenches’ blog the other day we were talking about the birds we like to watch, and I mentioned tawny frogmouths, an Australian owl-like bird (but not an owl) that is brilliantly camouflaged — it looks like a scruffy piece of bark or a branch, until it opens its eyes and looks at you.
They mate for life, and are good parents to their chicks, which as you can see from this photo of three little chicks, are adorable. At my old house I sometimes used to see a pair of tawny frogmouths sitting on a high branch of a gum tree with a half-grown chick between them.
I sent this pic to the other word wenches, and Christina Courtenay commented that they looked like some of the stuff that came out of her dryer. LOL. And Mary Jo Putney commented that they looked like Jayne Ann Krentz’s dust-bunnies from her Harmony series written under the name of Jayne Castle. Other friends have talked about the dust-bunnies often, but I’ve never been able to buy those books on kindle. However, because of our conversation, I checked again — and lo! several were available. So I’m finally catching up on the dust-bunnies — and visualizing tawny frogmouth chicks, with a few more legs.