29 April 2021

The month of April has seen an unusual high number of Tawny Frogmouths come into care with WIRES Northern Rivers, so far we have rescued 35 and many of those have been hit by cars.

The Tawny Frogmouth is nocturnal and from dusk they fly slowly and silently though the night in search of prey which include nocturnal insects, worms, slugs and snails, small mammals, reptiles and frogs. Insects are illuminated by car headlights on the road, if spotted by a Tawny Frogmouth it can have nasty consequences.

This week in conjunction with the Super Pink Moon five of the recent Tawny Frogmouths were released back where they were rescued. They had been vet assessed on arrival into care, no major injuries were found but they needed time in care to recover from concussion and/or soft tissue damage. WIRES avian trained volunteers Deb, Locky and Julie took the birds into care.

“Titus”   was released back to Brunswick Heads.

“Marom” went home to Marom Creek.

“Rose” seen here after being released, came from Rosebank. Image by Lachlan Cooper

“G’bah” was hit near the Goonellabah Cemetery, and “Richmond” was found on Richmond Hill Road.

The Tawny Frogmouth is found throughout Australia. They are nocturnal and during the day they perch to blend in with their surrounds. They sit stiff and upright with their head upturned and eyes narrowed to slits. “Titus” is pictured in this pose while in care with Deb. Image by Deborah Pearce

Male and female Tawny Frogmouths form life partnerships, they raise one brood per year, they incubate the eggs and feed their young together and they usually stay in the same territory.

This is the reason why sending these five Tawny Frogmouths home is so very special, their lifelong partners would have been waiting and hoping for them to return.

Images by Lachlan Cooper