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Nightjar, freckled

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:45 pm

We saw this bird during a night drive on the road to the Luvuhu river, upstream of the bridge at Pafuri.

The freckled nightjar Caprimulgus tristigma occurs in localised populations across South Africa. It roosts on rocks or amongst vegetation and can tolerate surface temperatures of 60 °C! It feeds mainly on beetles and moths and has the largest gape of any nightjar, capable of swallowing 3.5cm-long insects whole. It nests in natural hollows in rocks, often filled with wind blown debris such as rock chips and leaves, where it lays 2 eggs, which are incubated for 18-20 days by both sexes; the female incubates in the daytime, while the male takes the night shift. The chicks are well-camouflaged so that they blend in with the surrounding rock and are cared for by both parents.

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Re: Nightjar, freckled

Unread post by okie » Sun Aug 21, 2011 8:49 am

Wow , thank you for sharing this sighting Johan :thumbs_up:
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Re: Nightjar, freckled

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:58 am

Nothing like Johan's photo, but at least I finally managed to "shoot" one in my suburb last night which in itself is quite an achievement if you live in the capital! :lol:

I won't win any photo competitions with it, but a photo lifer it is nonetheless.

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Re: Nightjar, freckled

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Nov 17, 2014 2:36 pm

And then a female on a nest in pouring rain.

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Re: Nightjar, freckled

Unread post by Puff Addy » Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:54 pm

That's a super photo, wildtuinman!

Kind regards,

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Re: Nightjar, freckled

Unread post by wildtuinman » Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:21 am

Thanks Adam!
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