Re: Tawny Frogmouth enquiry.

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Subject: Re: Tawny Frogmouth enquiry.
From: "Dr Richard Nowotny" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2009 17:39:17 +1100
Last week Ollie Gaspari rang me regarding a bit of a mystery at his place
regarding a resident pair of Frogmouths which have nested annually, usually
successfully, but which this year seem to have been sitting on an empty nest
for several months - or at least one bird has. His follow-up email is copied
below. I'm at a bit of a loss to explain what might be going on.

Could anyone who feels that they might be able to help him with an
explanation of this behaviour (? a variation of normal, ? abnormal/aberrant
behaviour, ? illness behaviour) call him or write to him directly - perhaps
with a copy to Birding Aus for interest 




Port Melbourne, Victoria

M: 0438 224 456



From: opgaspari  
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 4:10 PM
Subject: Tawny Frogmouth.


Hi Richard;


I rang you last week regarding a Tawny Frogmouth that has been sitting on
the nest for approximately three months.


There has been no indication of the eggs having been hatched, like broken
egg-shells on the ground under the nest nor have there been any deceased
chicks on the ground.


It is about the 8th year that they have been nesting in our trees and on
every other occasion it was the usual period of hatching time and then two
chicks would appear.


The nest is in a gum tree approximately 12-14 metres from ground level and
would really only be accessible with a 'cherry picker'.


Thank you.




9762 4627

0417 396 655.  


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