Posted by: mynaturaldiary | June 25, 2011


In Guisborough Woods  this time of year, Nightjars display and hawk for moths at dusk.

As the light falls

the churring call of the Nightjars was heard across the forest. They sound a little like cicadas. Soon the birds fly. They are big, like hawks, and sweep over the forest floor. In poor light the camera struggled to get an image, but you can see one rise against the dark ground in silhouette between the small tree stump and the tree leaning to the left in the centre of the picture.

Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus)

Nox approached and the light levels fell, so all was dark. The call of the Nightjars continued, heard but no longer seen and I left them to their hunting.

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