Bird life with Tony Wellington   The Tawny Frogmouth is not an owl as many people assume. In fact, they are more closely  related to Nightjars. They don't have strong curved talons on their feet like owls. The genus  name for these birds is Podargus, which is Greek for gout. That's because they're said to  walk like a gout-ridden human.    Tawny Frogmouths can survive in a wide range of habitats. A breeding pair may take up  residence in the same territory for a decade or more. Both male and female take turns  sitting on the eggs, though males prefer the daytime shift. Both adults develop brood  patches during nesting - bald belly areas without feathers that can better transfer heat from  parent to egg.    Male and female hitch-up for life. Male birds have been observed gently stroking their mate  with their beak. When one of a pair accidentally dies, the remaining bird will often grieve,  making a mournful whimpering sound. The surviving bird will remain near to the fatality site  for a few days and nights, neither eating nor drinking.     The bulk of the diet is made up of insects, worms, slugs and snails. Moths seem to be a  favourite. Tawny Frogmouths can also take small mammals, reptiles, frogs and other birds. I  liken them to Kookaburras, as they carry out the same sort of feeding behaviour as those  giant kingfishers, only at night. They will generally sit on a low branch or post, scanning the  ground for movement. They pounce on their prey, grabbing it in their beaks.     A study of day roosts for Tawny Frogmouths found that a pair will use up to 71 different  roost sites, rarely using any single roost for more than 3 days.  …

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Willie Wagtail

Bird life with Tony Wellington Every reader will likely be familiar with the hyperactive Willie Wagtail. With a lifespan of twelve to fifteen years, this is an endearing bird that…

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Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Bird life with Tony Wellington These delightful little finches are most often seen in small flocks, usually in tall grass. They feed on grass seeds. Where the more common Double-barred…

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What’s next for Eumundi’s new main street?
Memorial Drive, Eumundi is headed for a vibrant improvement which will celebrate its heritage, character and importantly the community’s vision.

What’s next for Eumundi’s new main street?

Eumundi’s main thoroughfare is headed for a vibrant improvement which will celebrate its heritage, character and importantly the community’s vision. Sunshine Coast Council has been working with the community for…

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Red-browed Finch

Bird life with Tony Wellimgton These plucky little birds gather in small flocks of around ten or twelve. They are readily spotted because they feed low to the ground, often…

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