The above bird, which I have identified as a Tawny Frogmouth a variety of Australian bird often regarded as a type of owl, is sitting on a low branch in a fig tree in the backyard. It has been there for hours. The cats are locked inside and very displeased that they can’t go out and torment it.
It is quite rare to see an owl anytime in the metropolitan area, let alone in the daytime, but I believe this particular frogmouth regards our place and next door as part of its territory. Our neighbour has observed an owl at night watching his compost for rats and mice. It could very well be this one.
These birds are supposed to rest during the daytime in a camouflaged position.This bird, though its colour does match the branches of the fig tree, is very conspicuous.