Tawny frogmouths, an owl-like night bird have been rediscovered in the Wolli Valley, after an absence of at least 38 years. A pair of the cryptic pigeon-sized birds has recently taken up residence in Girrahween Park where they were spotted by sharp-eyed Voren O’Brien of the Wolli Creek Preservation Society.
Tawny frogmouths are relatively common in bushland around Sydney but have probably only recolonised the Wolli Valley very recently. The birds are active at night, hunting small animals such as mice, frogs and insects. By day they roost on branches close to a tree trunk where their bark-coloured plumage makes them almost invisible to an untrained observer.
Photos by Jon O'Brien