This looks like a normal tree… but there’s actually something hiding in plain sight – The Sun

A CLEVER bird has proved itself to be a master of disguise after it managed to camouflage itself into a TREE STUMP.

The Northern potoo even managed to confuse the photographer who snapped the shot into thinking that he was just looking at a tree.


The clever bird camouflages itself on the tree stumpCredit: Frederic Consejo/HotSpot Media

The clever bird camouflages itself on the tree stump

Photographer Frederic Consejo from Belize initially thought he was just looking at a bare tree in a friend’s garden, until on inspection he realised it was a potoo – a bird he had wanted to catch on camera for a number of years.

During the day, the nocturnal birds, which are found in tropical America, perch on tree stumps and seamlessly blend into the bark by plumping up their feathers – before going off hunting for flying insects to eat at night.


Credit: Frederic Consejo/HotSpot Media

The 55-year-old, of Consejo, Corozal District, Belize, says: “I was taken by surprise when I realised that a funny shaped tree at my friend’s house was actually a northern potoo.

“I had been hoping to photograph one of these birds for years, but they had always been too difficult to spot.

“So I quickly picked up my camera and snapped away while I had the chance.

“I felt quite stressed that the potoo would fly away after all of this time waiting to find one.

“But the bird’s feathers were blended perfectly into the bark of the tree.”

Frederic, who spent two hours photographing the bird, says: “I was less than 10 metres away from the bird as I took the photographs.

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 The bird puffs its feathers out to help hide itself


The bird puffs its feathers out to help hide itselfCredit: Frederic Consejo/HotSpot Media The bird is nocturnal and goes off to hunt at night


The bird is nocturnal and goes off to hunt at nightCredit: Frederic Consejo/HotSpot Media

“But I had to be mindful of the fact that northern potoos are not used to human company, so I remained as quiet as possible.

“The bird slightly opened one eye to have a peek before settling back into position.

“It appeared to be confident that nobody had spotted it.”

Categories: Optical Illusion

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