RE: Tawny Frogmouth window strike - image from feather dust!

To: "Plaxy BARRATT" <>, <>
Subject: RE: Tawny Frogmouth window strike - image from feather dust!
From: "Chris Glen" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 18:02:11 +1000
did you get aphoto?


From: Plaxy BARRATT 
        Sent: Wednesday, 11 July 2007 5:54 PM
        Cc: Peter Kyne; ; Chris Glen; Elizabeth
Symonds; Daniel Mantle; ; Mike Bennett
        Subject: Tawny Frogmouth window strike - image from feather

        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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