Tawny Frogmouth window strike - image from feather dust!

To: "Plaxy BARRATT" <>
Subject: Tawny Frogmouth window strike - image from feather dust!
From: "Dave Torr" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 18:07:59 +1000
Unfortunately huge numbers of birds die in this way - far more according to
most stats than those killed by windfarms (which get all the publcity!)

On 11/07/07, Plaxy BARRATT <> wrote:

Hi Birders,

This morning when we arrived at work my fellow birding colleagues and I
were amazed to find an outline of a Tawny Frogmouth on a ground floor
window, created by the deposition of dust from the bird's feathers as it
struck the window. Although saddened by the plight of the poor bird, we
couldn't help but marvel at the beauty of the image created. The white
dust contrasted with the heavily tinted window, creating a very striking
image (no pun intended!), not too unlike a 'snow angel' in shape! The
wings of the bird were upswept, leaving defined, curved trails of dust.
The head and body are apparent too, with the unmistakable, large,
triangular beak outlined in the middle! The bird was nowhere to be
found, so hopefully it made it away okay.

I'm wondering what caused the Tawny to strike the window: whether it
could see a reflection in the glass, created by a nearby street light
perhaps, which it tried to attack/prey upon; or whether it simply did
not see the dark window at all, in the dark. I would be interested to
hear if anybody has seen something similar, as I have never witnessed a
nocturnal bird window strike before.

Plaxy Barratt
Toowoomba, Qld

p.s. I did take a photo; if anyone is interested I can email it


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