Sunday, September 22, 2013

Birdwatch album - The Large-tailed Nightjar

Large-tailed Nightjar
(Caprimulgus macrurus)
 One of my most spectacular moments in birdwatching is to observe a pair of adult Large-tailed Nightjar brooding and incubating their treasured eggs over a two months period.  I took many visits to capture the story from eggs, chicks and juvenile transformation.  Finally when their wings were strong I was overwhelmed with joy to let them took flight for a free life.  Such joys are memories that would make me realise why we should conserve the wildlife not merely for the love of nature but also the continuation of a long line of evolution.
Young chicks of the Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)

The night jar incubating the eggs,,,

Eggs are laid directly  on bare ground and blotched.

Getting ready for freedom flight....

Young chick with developing wings, but not strong enough for flight....

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