Last month we released two Tawny Frogmouths after they were reared by a local wildlife carer. It was amazing getting up close to the two birds, a type of Nightjar. (Podargus strigoides). They mainly eat insects and are nocturnal.
We released them at sunset on the Eastern Side of the Property, near the chook pen. We chose this spot as they are good at hunting small rats and mice that are attracted to the chicken food.
They are almost impossible to see, but I have heard them in the mornings as I do the animal feed rounds.
They moved closer to the milking shed which is fine by me as I don't want any rats in there either.
We have an incredible range of birdlife on the property now. As well as the Red Tailed Black Cockatoos, we have a lot more of the smaller birds now we have planted lots of shrubs. We have so many Splendid Fairy Wrens and honeyeaters that it can get very noisy at dawn and dusk.
I hope the Tawnies survive.