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Common Poorwill

Posted by Laure Wilson Neish on June 30, 2014 at 5:57 pm
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While collecting data for the BC Breeding Bird Atlas a couple of summers ago, I accidentally discovered this poorwill sitting on a nest in a rocky area. Before this, the only time I’d seen one was illuminated by flashlight on a rural dirt road. I had my camera and big lens with me so I stepped down onto a lower rock to be more at eye level and took a couple of shots before moving away, so as not to disturb it further. The nest was surprisingly close to a foot path and there was also a nighthawk nest only 30 m away! The big mouth shows why it used to be called a goatsucker.
near Penticton, BC Canada