06 Jul Tawny Invasion
January 2020 started off with us getting 6 Tawny Frogmouths in within weeks of one another, three hot days in a row with temperatures over 32 we got a young one in each day, all from different locations, no parents to be seen and they were all way too young to be fledglings.
The last two days of January the temperatures were again high, 39 and 42 and again 3 Tawnies came in, this time they were older and appeared exhausted, all found on the ground.
We are lucky enough to have a flight aviary where we gradually introduced them all and soon enough they were all sitting together on an old wooden ladder, the image pictured here as you can see only has 5, 1 absolutely refused to have his photo taken and really didn’t care too much for me, as soon as I’d walk into the aviary he’d take off down the other end and sit and glare at me. What’s great about our flight aviary is we have several solar lights scattered throughout which means at night the moths and bugs fly in as they are attracted to the lights, (without them being too bright for the Tawnies) and the Tawnies learn to source their own food as well as us supplementing their diet.
What always amazes us when we get Tawnies in care is the way they adapt to one another, within hours of them meeting they snuggle together, there never seems to be any animosity between them, no fighting for food and no arguments. In all our years of caring for Tawnies I think we have had one that wanted nothing to do with any of the others. We adore caring for these amazing birds; they all have unique personalities and are so gentle.