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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma AF 50-500mm F4-6,3 APO EX DG HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Fauna of Mesopotamia II [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-09-28 1:13
Viewed: 3231
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kurdish name:Şivanxapînok,Şivanştexlînik
Turkish name:Çoban aldatan

Nightjars are medium-sized nocturnal or crepuscular birds with long wings, short legs and very short bills. They are sometimes referred to as goatsuckers from the mistaken belief that they suck milk from goats (the Latin for goatsucker is Caprimulgus). Some New World species are named as nighthawks. Nightjars usually nest on the ground.

Nightjars are found around the world. They are mostly active in the late evening and early morning or at night, and feed predominantly on moths and other large flying insects.

Most have small feet, of little use for walking, and long pointed wings. Their soft plumage is cryptically coloured to resemble bark or leaves. Some species, unusual for birds, perch along a branch, rather than across it. This helps to conceal them during the day. Bracken is their preferred habitat.

The Common Poorwill, Phalaenoptilus nuttallii is unique as a bird that undergoes a form of hibernation, becoming torpid and with a much reduced body temperature for weeks or months, although other nightjars can enter a state of torpor for shorter periods.

Nightjars lay one or two patterned eggs directly onto bare ground. It has been suggested that nightjars will move their eggs and chicks from the nesting site in the event of danger by carrying them in their mouths. This suggestion has been repeated many times in ornithology books, but while this may accidentally happen, surveys of nightjar research have found very little evidence to support this idea.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Caprimulgiformes

Family: Caprimulgidae

from Wikipedia

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-09-28 1:17]

Hello Durzan,
What a cute Nightjar. And a very interesting info about this bird. Nice capture. BG and POV are good. Weldone. Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-28 1:24]

Hello Dûrzan,
Fantastic photo of this European Nightjar, caprimulgus europaeus. The natural colours are very beautiful. Excellent sharpness and details. Great POV, OOF BG and composition. A beauty!

Hallo Durzan
This is a beautiful bird with lots of lovely details in its plumage. The variation of colours in the feathers is astounding and really gorgeous. You have captured it well showing off all this lovely features just at the right spots. It surely looks a bit sleepy at the moment. I also like the clarity of the fine feathers around its beak and close to its beak. Yes I agree with Siggi that the information given about this bird is very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-28 1:31]

Hello Durzan,
a well taken night jar. Good sharpness and excellent view in good sharpness.
Beautiful composition in lively camouflaging colours.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-28 2:02]

Merhaba Durzan Bey,
Daha önce görüp,çekemediğim bu türü çok güzel görüntülemişsiniz.Detaylar,fon,kadraj 4/4 lük
olmuş.Selamlar,ellerinize sağlık.
Bi slaven germ..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-09-28 2:58]

Hi Durzan,this is a great scoop,what a specie and what a perfect pic,the best way to discover this bird whit the best sharpness,colors and focus.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hello Durzan,
fantastic image of this bird, incredible the mimetic color. Very very beautiful photos you've taken. Bravo. Regards, Paolo

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-09-28 3:29]

Hello Durzan
Excellent capture with this specie I never seen.
Thanks for sharing

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-09-28 4:38]

Hello Durzan,
What a fine shot of this interesting bird. It was perfectly camouflaged, but you saw it! It seems that it was sleeping when you took the picture. Very pleasant natural colors and perfect sharpness. Great bird-shot.
Kind regards

Dostum çekimi en zor kuşlardan:) çobanı aldatmış ama seni atlatamamış:) Yarı uyur haldeki gözler kareye ayrı bir güzellik katmış! Ellerine ve emeğine sağlık.
Spass ü piroz dikim!
Bi slaven germ...


Ciau Durzan. Impressive example of camouflage in stunning detaisl and sharp. Good light for the focused strange bird.


Durzan selamlar,Kuşlardan pek anlamam fakat çok güzel bir kare,tebrikler.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-28 9:42]

Hi Durzan,
You are lucky, splendid photo, TFS!

hello Durzan
you have here a beauty of a bird with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Değişik ve ilginç bir kuş. Gözler süper:)
Elinize sağlık Durzan bey.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-09-28 11:19]

Hi Durzan.
I have never met this bird in our region. You have presented it very well. Fill flash is very accurate and helped to reproduce all its features perfectly. Dark BG is also very impressive and its colouration is suitable for the subject. Nice work and TFS.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-09-28 12:02]

Hi Durzan,
you prove it with this excellent portrait of a Nightjar, they actually perch on branches lengthwise! Thanks for this and the good note that goes with it.

Best regards

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