Jean has pointed out the ‘unusually’ dilated pupils in the dull light, perhaps close to nocturnal mode –
From: Philip Veerman <>
Sent: Monday, 23 November 2020 11:12 PM
To: 'Geoffrey Dabb' <>; 'Canberrabirds' <>
Subject: RE: [Canberrabirds] Backyard Jungle
Funny. Or you could have made it a quiz as in whatever could be the “Out of focus in the background (C)”.
Few would get that right. I wasn’t thinking that and I know about your peafowl.………..
In 35 years at my home, I have only ever once knowingly had a frogmouth
at my home. A nocturnal fly by.
On Behalf Of Geoffrey Dabb
Sent: Monday, 23 November, 2020 9:24 AM
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Backyard Jungle
Well, that was quite a bit of rain last night, making it a wetting experience to thread one’s way through the backyard jungle to the compost bin. Near the bin was a pair of sodden frogmouths, quite low in the giant Dawson
River Callistemon, now in full bloom and attracting noisy lorikeets in sunnier conditions. The below view, which belongs in the species juxtaposition category, shows the sodden FMs, with a closer look at the upper one (inset). Out of focus in the background
(C), in a euc in the neighbour’s backyard, is a male peafowl, possibly muttering to itself ‘If I wanted this much rain I would have stayed in Bangladesh!’