FRECKLED NIGHTJAR

Something Over Tea

How sad it is to come across a fairly uncommon bird, such as this Freckled Nightjar (Caprimulgus tristigma), only in death. These insectivorous birds of the night like a boulder-strewn habitat and are largely sedentary. One can appreciate that its dark cryptic colouring would make it difficult to see from a vehicle driving along a rocky dirt road out in the country at night – see this illustration from the Roberts Bird Guide.

I found this one lying on such a country road early this morning – so early that it was still heavily covered with dew.

Having photographed it, I picked it up and put it among the grass and shrubs growing next to the road. Even in death, it has added to my knowledge of the birds living in our local environment.

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