The Daily Bird #9

A thunderstorm yesterday reminded me of a past thunderstorm, when a Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) took shelter in one of our trees. Photos 1000 x 750, click for full size.



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  1. Ice Swimmer says

    Wonderful textures, especially on the second picture. I’m guessing seeing these fellows in the daylight is very rare.

  2. says

    Nighthawks don’t restrict themselves to night time, they often start hunting before full dark, but yes, you don’t seem them very often. I was quite surprised to see this one having a nap in our elm tree, waiting out the worst of the storm. Like other Nightjars, they perch parallel on branches, rather than across, to increase their camouflage, and it is really good -- I must have gone past this one 10 times before I noticed him.

  3. blf says

    Looks grumpy.

    Well, yeah, if someone were to stuff you into a puppet nailed to a wobbly branch of a big exposed lightening-rod in the middle of a soaking thunderstorm, you’d be a bit miffed too. Probably even if there was cheese involved.

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