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A male pennant-winged nightjar (Macrodipteryx vexillarius) in flight at night - easily the most challenging photograph I have ever taken. This image needed the help of 3 other people, and took many night soy trying. Through all the nights, I only managed one frame I was truly happy with, and this is it! It is a rare bird, and only has its famous pennants for a short time of the year during the breeding season. I was very lucky to find this individual, and even luckier to get the shot!


Owlet-nightjars are small nocturnal birds related to the nightjars and frogmouths. Most are native to New Guinea, but some species extend to Australia, the Moluccas, and New Caledonia.


Sri Lankan Frogmouth

from National Geographic Society (blogs)

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #36

The Sunda frogmouth, Batrachostomus cornutus, from Indonesia. Frogmouths are nocturnal birds related to nightjars, and are found from the Indian Subcontinent across Southeast Asia to Australia. ~via ѕανє συя gяєєη, FB


Potoos or Patoo birds, are sometimes called Poor-me-ones, after their haunting calls & are related to the nightjars & frogmouths. These are nocturnal insectivores which lack the bristles around the mouth found in the true nightjars. They hunt from a perch like a shrike or flycatcher. During the day they perch upright on tree stumps, camouflaged to look like part of the stump. The single spotted egg is laid directly on the top of a stump.


Tawny Frogmouth is a bird found throughout the Australian mainland, Tasmania and southern New Guinea. Frogmouths are not raptorial birds.


Rufous Potoo - The rufous potoo (Nyctibius bracteatus) is a species of bird in the Nyctibiidae family. Its common name refers to its rufous, or reddish-brown color. Their species name bracteatus is Latin for "gold-leaf". It is found in Ecuador, (the northeast, about 25% of the country), and Peru in the largest population, and the other large disjunct population southwest at the Peru and Bolivia border. - Gareno Lodge, Ecuador - Nov, 2005 © Lou Hegedus