Saturday, May 21, 2005

Nightjar sunset

The final visit of the day was back at the Algaida pines, where we once again failed to locate any Azure-winged Magpies (Cyanopica cyanus). Stationing ourselves at a likely spot just before sunset we had no idea of the spectacle we were to be treated to.

There was still plenty of light when the first snatches of song started up. The rythmic, mechanical sounds of Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis) were soon echoing across the heath and it wasn't long before birds started to appear briefly. Occasionally two would tussle briefly and as darkness fell birds could still be seen by torchlight. Then one appeared to be singing very close by and it took a while before we realised it was above our heads singing from near the top of the observation tower. The eye shone back at us in the torchlight before it flew down to the ground.

We can thoroughly recommend the Asador Picantito on the road through Algaida for a late night snack on the way home.

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Nikon CP995

Next - Storks at El Portal

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