Here are some photos taken late last year from our suburban Land for Wildlife property. The male Tawny Frogmouth was on the ground basking in the sun while mother kept watch over the baby.He basked for about 20 minutes on a warm, dry, bare bit of dirt and rotated slightly from side to side, but kept his back towards the afternoon sun.
The basking bird was much bigger than the parent that stayed in the tree, so we assumed it was the male. Apparently they bask like this to get rid of parasites. The young one was out of the nest but still very dependent. The birds were very aware of being observed but were not bothered by us.