Large-tailed Nightjar in the garden

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“We have had Large-tailed Nightjars (Caprimulgus macrurus bimaculatus) and also Savanna Nightjars (Caprimulgus affinis) visit our garden for many years.

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“Most evenings and early morning we hear their calls and they hawk for prey from our trees and electrical wires. Occasionally fly past under our patio or are seen very low, hence we were not surprised to see one roosting on the ground.

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“Our garden is rather dense so the Large-tailed Nightjar has used an old stump as perch or roost at the base of a small shrub.

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“The 4 images included in this post offer a variety of views to show the birds features – the white submoustachial stripe, the black slashes on the scalp, buff nuchal collar and wings.

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“Note that the white throat patch is not well seen, even from front, due to the posture. The image above is a composite of two images focused on the tail and face and offers a good view of the broad white tips to outermost tail feathers seen in males.

“A video recording using the Nikon P900 and a tripod is posted here below.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
6 and 7th June 2017

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Wild urban garden

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