Home is where you find it for frogmouth family

AT Hyne Timber, semi-trailers rumble past, forklifts beep and grind, workers shuffle up and down all day - and right in the centre of it all, is a family of tawny frogmouths.

Employees at the industrial shed in Fraser Drive were astounded when they discovered a tawny frogmouth couple had chosen their shed as their new home - and the place to raise their chicks.

“They've been roosting here for about four years. They built a nest that was unoccupied up until they jumped in about nine weeks ago - and last week, we saw the little hatchlings pop their heads out,” yard supervisor, Craig Borthwick, said.

“The boys have been passing grandfather cards and cigars joking about.”

He said the constant noise and passing of machinery seemed not to bother the nocturnal birds.

““They really are beautiful animals. They actually kind of peer down at us with a grandfather look, as if to say, 'What's going on here?'.

“I guess it's kind of typical of industrialisation. There's a patch of bush right across the road that they must use as a food source, but for all the trees they've decided to use the shed as their protection under cover.”



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