Soaking up the rays

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Subject: Soaking up the rays
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:08:19 +0000
This afternoon I checked the male Tawny Frogmouth brooding on the nest.  It was in a very strange position with its head rotated some 90 degrees to normal (see first image).  It held this position for at least 5 minutes and then returned to a more normal pose, second image, possibly preening.  

I am curious about the reason for the strange position: at the time the sun was situated so the it would be shining right on the exposed neck feathers and I wonder if it was simply getting a dose of UV in a hard to reach area, to improve its parasite count.  Has anyone else observed this behaviour?


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