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Tawny Frogmouth nest with two eggs, Mt Barker, Western Australia.  //  Tawny Frogmouth - Podargidae: Podargus strigoides, Length to 50cm, wingspan to NNcm. weight to NNNg. Also known as Tawny-shouldered Frogmouth, or (incorrectly) as Mopoke, Morepoke and Frogmouth Owl. Nocturnal, preys on insects and small vertebrates, open woodland throughout Australia, Tasmania, southern New Guinea, weak anisodactyl toes useless for catching prey; Frogmouths have mottled grey and black plumage excellent for camouflage during the day. They often sleep close to the trunk of a tree and look like a dead branch, particularly if they elongate their body when possible predators approach.  Nest is an untidy flat platform of twigs placed in the horizontal fork of a tree, with 2-3 eggs.   /  JarrahTree:  Myrtaceae: Eucalyptus marginata. Height variable according to soil type - to 40m in wetter sclerophyll forest, much less in sandy soils; DBH to 2.5m; The thick insulating bark assists in bushfires that are common in Australia. Endemic to Western Australia, where once a valuable tree for construction and cabinet making, now superceded by cheaper alternatives. The wood is dense and long-lasting - sleepers from the Trans-Australia Railway line were recycled as highly polished boxes etc as they were replaced by modern materials. Abundant nectar from the creamy-coloured flowers is important in the honey industry. Named after the aboriginal word 'tjarra' = shield.  // Dr Eric Lindgren  //