Yesterday a kind stranger noticed a small Tawny Frogmouth on the ground and brought it into the vet clinic I’m working at to be checked.
In true confusing Australian wildlife style, the Tawny Frogmouth is often mistaken for an owl because of its boxy body, wide eyes and nocturnal nature. But just as Koalas are not bears, Frogmouths are not owls.
No obvious injuries were found, however, it was very skinny and being awake in the daytime is very odd for this nocturnal species.
While waiting for the wildlife carer we gave the little guy some water, and put in a cat carrier covered with a towel in a quiet area of the clinic.
The vets decided it was best to contact the local Wildlife Victoria volunteer foster carer, who came to collect the Frogmouth in less than an hour of being contacted. She will care for the Frogmouth until it puts on some weight and is well enough to return to the wild.
On this cold and cloudy day we escaped the hustle and bustle of our inner-city home, to visit Marina’s (my partners mum) picturesque property in Kinglake, Victoria, Australia. Happily, the property is home to a myriad of animals; so I took the opportunity to practice some animal photography.
This portrait of Matilda the goat is my favourite picture of the day.
Rufus the Kelpie in his dorky orange collar.
Kitten-Cat being beautiful.
Kitten-Cat being annoyed.
This is Dorian, an eight month old, one-horned goat adopted from the good people at the Collingwood Children’s Farm.
Don’t worry, that’s not a real bearskin in the background.