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Jerdon's nightjar

Jerdon's nightjar
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Copyright: Nagesh Vannur (nagesh) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 69] (362)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-03
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-05-03 0:27
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Hello Friends

In photography like in life we can never take anything as granted.This weekend I went to Dandeli,

Today I present another picture of this species so called Jerdon's nightjar - the male Jerdon's nightjar is very hard to spot in regular conditions.This one was possible because is the time of The breeding season is in India and February to May .
Very difficult light taken this photograph .

Hope You like it have a good day and thanks for viewing.

Name :- Jerdon's nightjar
Scientific name :- Caprimulgus atripennis
Higher classification :- Caprimulgus

Description :- Jerdon's nightjar (Caprimulgus atripennis) is a medium-sized nightjar species which is found in southern India and Sri Lanka. Formerly considered as a subspecies of the long-tailed nightjar it is best recognized by its distinctive call.

The common name commemorates the surgeon-naturalist Thomas C. Jerdon.

Thomas C. Jerdon first described this species in an annotation to his 1845 treatment of the Indian jungle nightjar (C. indicus) in the Illustrations of Indian ornithology. Subsequently it was sometimes lumped again with C. macrurus, but the co-occurrence of this form and large-tailed nightjar C. macrurus without interbreeding in the northeast of the Indian peninsula was noted in 1987 suggesting their distinctness. It has since been reaffirmed by studies on vocalization and considered a full species. The subspecies in Sri Lanka is C. a. aequabilis. Jerdon's type locality mentioned as Ghauts has been considered to be the Eastern Ghats west of Nellore.

Like other nightjars, it has a wide gape, long wings, soft downy plumage and nocturnal habits. At 26 cm in overall length, it is almost a head's length larger than the Indian nightjar (C. asiaticus), and differs from that species in its barred tail, rufous rear neck, and wing bars. The male has a white patch on each wing. Otherwise, their cryptic plumage is mainly variegated buff and brown, as typical for the dark tropical woodland nightjars. This has an unbroken white gorget like the long-tailed nightjar but the tail is shorter. The Sri Lankan aequabilis is slightly smaller and darker.

Its typical call is a fast repetitive ch-woo-woo. Another call is said to be a frog-like croak.

Open woodland, scrub, and cultivation is the habitat of this nocturnal bird. It flies after sundown with an easy, silent fluttering flight, appearing a bit like an outsized moth at a casual glance. During the day, Jerdon's nightjar lies silent upon the ground, concealed by its plumage; it is then difficult to detect, blending in with the soil.

Nocturnal insects, such as moths, are its food. Unlike the Indian nightjar (C. asiaticus), this species rarely rests on roads during the night, preferring to alight on bushes. This makes it harder to spot, since it is not so readily seen in vehicle headlights. It however roosts on the ground although calling from the trees.

The breeding season is March to July in India and February to May in Sri Lanka. No nest is made; the two marbled eggs are placed upon the bare ground. The brooding bird, covering them closely with its camouflage plumage, is their best protection. The chicks can crawl away from the nest soon after hatching and hide among leaves when alarmed.

A widely found bird, it is not uncommon and not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.
Location :- Dandeli Forest Western Ghats of Karnataka
Date :- 03-May-2015
Camera :- Nikon D7000
Lense :- AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED
Exif :- ƒ/4.5 300.0 mm 1/60 400 Flash (on, fired)
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Bonjour Nagesh,
Certainement déformé par l'emploi d'un téléobjectif le sujet n'est pas à son avantage mais il est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-05-03 20:01]

Hello Nagesh,
Great shot of a bird rarely seen here on TN. Nice frontal pose and displaying good detail of head and breast area. Colors are natural and exposure is great.
You can literally walk right past these birds and never know they are there, due to their awesome camouflaged plumage. TFS. Well done!!

Thanks for showing this very interesting and seldom seen species. Good pic under these difficult conditions.

Ciao Nagesh, great capture of strange specie, excellent clarity, fine details snd wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Excellent shot - I imagine people can walk right by this bird and not notice it so carefully camouflaged.

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