Thursday, April 21, 2011

Flushed Nightjar triggers reddy theme

Serious case of red-eye from Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) flushed - and fill-flashed - in dark patch of rainforest the other day. The eyes glow red even in weak torchlight.

Not so Red-backed Fairy-wren (Malurus melanocephalus). Male moving toward full colour in Tyto today.

Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis) in Tyto, showing why birds were previously called firetails.

Finally, more subdued shades of male Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris).
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geoff from barham said...

What a thrill to get the nightjar, Tony. I believe that nightjar experts can find them easily. I've never had any success, even in likely places. How often do you see one?

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Geoff: Not so often after Yasi and floods. But anyone prepared to step through enough bush will usually be rewarded, specially in areas full of nightly 'chop chop' calls. Much harder finding Spotteds or White-throateds.

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