Friday, October 23


A female Fiery-Necked Nightjar I believe, sitting on eggs in our blueberry fields.  She sits deadstill, not moving while I creep up to her, she relies on her superb camouflage to remain undetected.  By closing her eyes, she can further avoid detection and blend in with her surroundings.  One of my favourite birds, and visitors to the Cape of South Africa.

Eyes nearly completely closed here so that she will not be spotted amongst the dried leaves.

1 comment:

Brent said...

You're putting together a remarkably lovely photoblog here Stephan. I shall take a look around.

It's incredibly unusual to observe a nightjar, especially in daylight, especially on the nest! Very well spotted.