Bee-eaters and standard-winged nightjar, Gambia


Northern anteater-chat, Gambia, 9 February 2012

This is a photo made on Thursday 9 February. Again, around Janjanbureh in Gambia. It shows a Northern anteater-chat near the red-throated bee-eater colony. They were especially active around a termite mound there.

A long-tailed glossy starling on a wire near Baobolong.

10:25: a dark chanting goshawk on a fence.

10:40 we are back at yesterday’s quarry housing the red-throated bee-eater colony.

There are also holes smaller than the bee-eaters‘ nest holes: they house sand martins.

An Abyssinian roller.

A striped ground squirrel.

Then, something really special, a standard-winged nightjar.

Before coming to Gambia, I knew this spectacular species lived there. But I thought I would see those nocturnal birds not at all, or only vaguely in the dark.

Yet here it is, only a few meters away, soundly asleep, trusting its mimicry colours making it look similarly to the earth of the field where it rests. An adult male in breeding plumage, meaning tail-feathers are longer than the body.

Standard-winged nightjar, Gambia, 9 February 2012

Standard-winged nightjar male, front half, Gambia, 9 February 2012

Standard-winged nightjar male, back half, Gambia, 9 February 2012

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