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A pair of Tawny Frogmouths at their nest in a Jarrah Tree, Mt Barker Western Australia.  //  Tawny Frogmouth - Podargidae: Podargus strigoides. Length to 45cm, wingspan to NNcm, weight to 700g. A nocturnal species found  Australia-wide, and in southern New Guinea. Mainly insectivorous, but occasionally catches small vertebrates. Feeds principally from a perch waiting for movement on the ground, then flies down to scoop up prey in its wide bill. Pairs for life, and usually uses the same nest-site each year - this pair used the shown nest in both 1957 and 1958 my two years living in Mt Barker. // Jarrah Tree (also known as Swan River Mahogany) - Myrtaceae: Eucalyptus marginata. Height to 40m, DBH 3m, bark fibrous in strips. A heavy dense wood known to resist decomposition for decades. Termite-resistant. Highly prized in cabinet making for its deep red-brown colour and fine grain. Used by aborigines to make shields (=Djarra - from which it takes its name) and weapons (nulla-nulla, boomerang). Flowers provide a clear sweet honey. Endemic to south-west Western Australia. //