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 Post subject: Nightjar, Swamp
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 1:12 pm 
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Swamp Nightjar Caprimulgus natalensis

Sexes-Similar. Lacks distinctive features but has prminent white eyebrows.
Male-More Conspicous white outer tail feathers than Square tailed nightjar.
Female-wing spots and outer tail feathers buff.
Juv- Resembles female but more spotted.
Status- uncommon resident regarded as vulnerable, largly sedentery.
Habitat- Grassland adjoining swamps, lagoons and rivers.
Food- Insects, especially beetles.
Call- Slow repetitive chok-chok-chok-chok...
Breeding- Monogamous. Eggs laidon ground between grass tufts.
Other Names- Natal Nightjar, Natalse Naguil.

*info taken from roberts bird guide*

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Swamp
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I know one of my freinds flushed one of these birds out when he went on a trip to the KZN coast.....lucky chap! :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Swamp
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Took this picture of one at the Amatikulu Nature Reserve in Zululand some years back. Sorry for the stoopid frames and borders. I did this back in the days when I still thought that was cool :redface:

Picture was taken with a Nikon CoolPix 995 compact digital camera through Leica 8x50 binoculars. I actually miss that CoolPix camera.

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 Post subject: Re: Nightjar, Swamp
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Missing one of these :D

Great sighting Deefstes....The bordering isnt THAT bad! :twisted: :lol:

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