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Copyright: NICHOLAS GLEN (nglen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70 - 300 IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/15 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage Part II, Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-30 13:16
Viewed: 4272
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On looking out of the window which looks over the garden early this morning around 7am. I was surprised to see this this bird which i have no idea what it is . This was taken from inside behind the window and hand held . i went out side to try to get a better shot but it just flew off , Does anybody know the ID of this bird. It was so still i dont think the other birds had seen it.

Well Thanks to Michal,peter and Josep I now know this to be a Nightjar and by the sound of it I was lucky to have seen it .

Nightjar ( Caprimulgus europeus )
This is a fairly local and scarce Bird which is found in light, dry open woodland and in glades and clearings in denser coniferous wood, also on heaths.
By day they rest and are hard to detect, lying flattened along thich branch.
When finely patterened brown and grey plumage gives illusion of a large flake of bark.
The Male has white spots on the wings and tail.
They are usually seen at dusk hunting Insects.
Their silhouette is like the Kestrel.
The flight is silent and buoyant with stiff wingbeats.
It feeds on mainly Moths.
It nests in May-July.

peter_stoeckl, siggi, maurydv, eqshannon, rousettus, haraprasan, uleko, Juyona, ramthakur, Alex99, anel, bobcat08, JRushen, devildoc has marked this note useful
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To joey: Mitigatedeqshannon 1 07-30 14:38
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Hi Nicholas, this is a nightjar, eurasian nightjar to be exact :) Not so easy to spot or picture one, so good job :)


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-30 13:27]

Hello Nicholas,
A very interesting bird.
I really like the intricate patterns of colors on his feathers.
Good light and sharp details.
Best regards Siggi

Buena id de Peter stoeckl !!! Curiosamente hace pocos días yo fotografié otra especie de caprimulgus que puedes ver en el siguiente enlace: http://www.treknature.com/viewphotos.php?l=5&p=173432
Como bien dice Peter es una especie de más al sur, por lo que creo que has conseguido una buena captura.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi Tejedor.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-07-30 14:15]
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Excellent shot, Nick!!
I can't believe you've seen and photographed a Nightjar... in your garden!!! :-))
Truly exceptional work!

Very well done,


p.s did you get my email?

Ciao Nicholas,
splendida cattura di succiacapre (caprimulgus europaeus), bella e inusuale composizione per un uccello dalle abitudini crepuscolari e difficile per questo da fotografare, ottima nitidezza.
Grazie e complimenti.

I was reading other posts and saw what bird it was and how lucky you are..and then I saw Joey and was even more excited...Good shot there Nick. what a lucky break you had...Some Realtor once told me as I waited for closing on my home..."All things come to those who wait"...must have been your turn to have some fun! It looks other-worldly!

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-07-30 15:11]

Wow Nick - truly capricious! (well, Caprimulgus in the Latin or Goatsucker to give it it's other common name ;-) There are plenty around on the heaths in the New Forest and Dorset area but they are VERY hard to find in the daytime. I have a picture of one I took many years ago not far from Wimborne (near to Stewart's Country Garden Centre at Broomhill that I'm sure you are familiar with). It was very well camouflaged against a dead pine branch. Unfortunately it was taken with my Sony Mavica which took floppies! The resulting 64kb file size means I won't even bother posting it.

I know my father has seen one over his garden in the suburbs of Ringwood but I've never heard of one landing in a garden like this before. My dad used to take me out 'nightjarring' as a kid. If you choose a quiet area of heath, preferably with a few pines trees and wait until just after sunset you'll can hear their strange chirring song. When in flight they clap their wings together making a 'quip' noise. They are summer migrants that breed in the UK before heading off to Africa for the winter. Pretty good capture for snap shot too!
Kind Regards

Hi Nick,
You have been very lucky to get a picture of Nightjar. You never see them in daylight. Considering it is through window a very good shot with sharp details.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-30 16:09]

Hi Nick,

It seems from the other comments that you were very lucky to get this rare shot. This Nightjar looks like he could be very well camouflaged in a forest. I love the browns and tans and the good details of his intricate looking feathers. The shape of the eye is most unusual - I've never seen a rectangularly shaped eye before. Thank you for the introduction.


Hello Nicholas
A great capture and great photo for this master of camouflage. Great POV, composition, focus and colors. eyes contact also very nice. TFS, well done

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-30 21:25]

Hi Nick , wow what a great photo of a bird I have never before seen , nicely captured with good detail and composition , thanks for sharing this

Hi Nick,
A nice capture of this beautiful night jar. And what lovely sharpness even with 1/15secs. Very well composed. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Nicholas,
the "European Nightjar" (Caprimulgus europaeus). A very lucky finding and quite a remarkable observation for local ornithologists I suppose, as the species to my knowledge seems to be more common in the mediterranean and in southeastern Europe, but rather rare in the rest of Europe. And it is very well camouflaged, indeed. This one forgot about camouflage and chose a straight fence for its rest ...
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-07-31 3:00]

great capture. this is a rare bird.
i saw that species once in April this year, year but i was`t able make a picture.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-31 3:36]

Hello Nick,
What a stroke of luck to have Nightjar visiting your garden! Great that you could take this sharp fine image of it with excellent contrast against the OOF leafy BG.
I wonder if it's a little OE as European Nightjars tend to be somewhat darker.
TFS this great shot,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-31 4:15]

Hi Nico,very very strange bird,i'm surpring as you! A very good pic,maybe a little overexposed but colors and details are perfects,thanks to show us this unusual beauty of nature,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-31 4:47]

Hello Nick,
How incredible to find one of thse in your garden! Are you backing on to some forest clearing or something?? Amazing too to see how it is enjoying the morning sun. Well done and you got a splendid shot too showing great details and the peculiar eye.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-07-31 5:16]

Hello Nicholas, Was it sleeping or just on the hangover. Excellent shot with superb composition. Ganesh

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2008-07-31 5:32]

Bonjour Nicholas, great shot in your garden!! your are very lucky!! Congratulations, Didier.

Hello Nick,

It did't resemble a bird at all from the thumbnail! I just knew that it was from your title.

I must admit, I have never seen one of these before. You must be so thrilled to get a FIRST!

Lovely details of colours and patterns of itys plummage. I thought it looked as if it had been crotcheted!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Nick
Very curious this bird!
but the photograph is very good, with interesting details
thank you friendships

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-31 10:30]

Hi Glen!

Unique capture. This famous bird is called in Poland [like in Latin language] Goatsucker. It is well known from many folks' legends and it fears people. One who heard voice of goatsucker in the night was doomed and should expect death soon :-) Bird looks slightly weird, but I like its silhouette and brown colours. Shape of head and beak is also atypical. Very rare bird, especially seen during daytime. I like it very much.

Ciao Nick, splendid capture of superb Nightjar in your garden! Wonderful details, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-31 23:29]

Hola Nick,
buena y oportuna captura,
bello plumaje y efectivos colores,
el pajaro parece descansar en esa percha,
buen disparo,

Nick, this is the most unusual bird I have ever seen. Look at its eye and the way it is sprawled over the beam with legs tucked under.
Great capture of the Nightjar. Would like to know more about it from your revised note.

I've seen them only flying. And once two of them, hit by a car which died within one hour.
Can't even dream to see them resting at such small distance.
The pic desmonstrates their usual way to rest.
They're masters of camouflage.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-01 5:44]

Hi Hick.
It is really interesting specimen, attractive pose and wonderful picture despite the way of shooting. In such cases I say that photographer has great skill. Excellent equipment and at least two perfect pieces of glasses. One of them lens glass, another – window glass. Superb lights and natural colours and great details/sharpness of the image. Well done.

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  • cris Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 3 N: 31] (789)
  • [2008-08-01 6:56]

Helo Nic
Pretty intruder, lucky you...
All the best.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-03 2:53]

hello Nicholas,
Sorry, I'm always a little late with my critiques, but this is really a very interesting posting. Lucky you to have this seldom bird quasi in front of your door. Amazing attitude and shape. Its plumage really looks like perfect camouflage, it's why we probably almost never see it.
Best thank

Hello Nick,
Impressive shot, very well done. I like the tones of this bird. You are very lucky to live in the nature, whith a garden full of nice visitors. Best regards,

Hello Nick,

In Holland they call this bird "The Nightswallow" Normaly the sitting on the ground in heath. They have some good camouflage that they are hardly noticeable. I think your a lucky person to see such kind of bird in your own garden.

Beautiful shot. Razorsharp. Just what Joey said "I can't believe you've seen and photographed a Nightjar... in your garden"

Have a nice day and TFS BOB

Hello Nicholas,
A very beautiful photo of this bird. Excellent sharpness and details.
Best regards, João Edgar

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