As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Smile for the camera! Bird called the Tawny frogmouth grins for his close up from his perch

Smile for the camera! Bird called the Tawny frogmouth grins for his close up from his perch 
Bizarre-looking bird was spotted in Queensland on Australia's east coast
Nocturnal animal was perched on a branch next to two fellow frogmouths 
The amateur photographer was amazed by creature's startled-looking smile
Birds often camoflauged in golden shower trees, known as Cassia Fistula

PUBLISHED: 17:54, 15 February 2015 | UPDATED: 18:57, 15 February 2015

It may not have the sweetest-sounding name - but apparently this Tawny frogmouth still has plenty to smile about.

The remarkable-looking bird was spotted perching on a branch in eastern Australia with a startled expression on its face resembling a comical beaming grin.

The colourful owl-like creature was captured on camera by Malcolm Catchlove, 52, who saw it while visiting relatives in Woodgate, Queensland, for new year celebrations.

Smile for the camera! A Tawny frogmouth beams as its picture is taken in Queensland, eastern Australia

The architectural drafter, from Brisbane, looked on in amazement as the animal stared back at him from a treetop while two fellow Tawny frogmouths got in a flap next to it.

He said: 'We were visiting my wife's family for the New Year at Woodgate, a small seaside village on the southern coast of Queensland.

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