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Indian Nightjar If you are in the habitat of this bird, then you just wait a little post dusk period, and you are getting the calls of this bird for sure. So when am surveying in scrublands, I always take my last transect and then wait for nocturnal birds; especially Nightjars. During this incidence, I heard the calls, me and my team waited patiently. We were immediately rewarded when the bird started its activities of catching insects, and there when it sat on the road/vehicle track, we had the bird in car&#039;s head light. This is when we had a small window to take record shots.<br />
After taking the records, how did we drive when we had a bird sitting on a vehicle track? You just flicker your head lamps and bird flies away immediately. Well this is our experience with nightjar encounters and also with owls. Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Biodiversity,Birding,Birds of India,Caprimulgus asiaticus,Geotagged,Gulbarga,Incredible India,India,Indian Birds,Indian Nightjar,Indian Wildlife,Indian nightjar,Karnataka,Nightjar,Wild India,Wild Karnataka,abhitap,abhitap1991 Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Indian Nightjar

If you are in the habitat of this bird, then you just wait a little post dusk period, and you are getting the calls of this bird for sure. So when am surveying in scrublands, I always take my last transect and then wait for nocturnal birds; especially Nightjars. During this incidence, I heard the calls, me and my team waited patiently. We were immediately rewarded when the bird started its activities of catching insects, and there when it sat on the road/vehicle track, we had the bird in car's head light. This is when we had a small window to take record shots.
After taking the records, how did we drive when we had a bird sitting on a vehicle track? You just flicker your head lamps and bird flies away immediately. Well this is our experience with nightjar encounters and also with owls.

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  1. Brilliant shot, Abhitap! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy Posted one year ago
  2. Super image of this lovely bird and I enjoyed your back story info as well. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted one year ago
  3. Thank you for sharing! Nightjars are some of my favorites! Posted one year ago
    1. Yup! they are sweet. Hoping to spot them (their camouflage) in day light someday. Posted one year ago
  4. This is a really beautiful bird and photo! Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Christine :-) Posted one year ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    Avoiding predation is a critical part of survival for many animals. Camouflage is a common form of defense, and it involves any strategy used for concealment.

    Indian Nightjars (Caprimulgus asiaticus) have cryptic plumage that resembles, bark, dirt, or leaf litter. They are camouflage champions that can practically fade into their surroundings! Nightjars are nocturnal, often resting on the ground during the day. Thus, they are exposed and vulnerable; their self-preservation depends on the art of disguise.

    Researchers have discovered that each individual bird chooses a location to rest based on what best matches their plumage. So, they purposely nest in areas that enhance their own unique markings. Then, if a predator approaches, a nightjar closes its eyes and relies on camouflage to conceal itself. This may not seem remarkable, but it is!

    Most ground-nesting birds would simply try tp flee when faced with a predator. But, nightjars have a unique sense of self-knowledge that they use to determine how they relate to their environment, and then they make the choice to camouflage themselves. Plus, they change their resting site daily to avoid being predictable. They are quite extraordinary birds! {Spotted in India by JungleDragon user, abhitap} #JungleDragon #Nightjar #Indiannightjar #Caprimulgusasiaticus

    For more gorgeous photos by Abhijeet: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/1843/popular

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    Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
  6. That's absolutely lovely!!! Posted one year ago

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The Indian nightjar is a small nightjar which is a resident breeder in open lands across South Asia and Southeast Asia. Like most nightjars it is crepuscular and is best detected from its characteristic calls at dawn and dusk that have been likened to a stone skipping on a frozen lake - a series of clicks that become shorter and more rapid.

Similar species: Nightjars And Frogmouths
Species identified by abhitap
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Uploaded Oct 4, 2020. Captured in Sedam Rd, Karnataka 585317, India.