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This Barn owl was caught in Greenbushes, Western Australia. Jessica, who lives on a small hobby farm found the owl caught in their netted orchard. The owl must have spotted prey moving about in the orchard and went for it. Its claw caught in the net and it could not escape until some skilful hands rescued the bird. The owl was not hurt and was released after Jessica took a quick snapshot. The owl and its beautiful white face left an impression on Jessica which resulted in her researching owl facts. Take a look at her facts pages and have a try at making one yourself.

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Below are pictures of a Tawny Frogmouth. Their length is between 350mm to 500mm and are found throughout Australia. These pictures were taken in south west of Western Australia. The Tawny Frogmouth occasionally roost on the ground. This one was spotted on the ground under a tree. The Tawny Frogmouth birds are thought to be related to the owl family but Frogmouths are not owls they are closely related to nightjars, kingfishers and kookaburras.

Some of the features of Tawny frogmouths:
They are nocturnal, they eat insects, they have large eyes, they have soft feathers for silent flight and they have bristles or "whiskers" around their bills.

Differing features:
Owls will eat animals and birds up to their own size or sometimes larger, while Frogmouths are almost exclusively insectivorous. Owl eyes face fully forward, whilst Frogmouths' eyes are positioned to the side of the head. Owls have large powerful feet, Frogmouths have small feet. Owls have either a full or partial facial disk, while Frogmouths do not. Owls have large asymmetrical ears, while Frogmouths do not. Owls have twelve tail feathers whilst Frogmouths have ten.>

Frog mouth owl      Frog mouth owl
by Ingrid Griggs

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