22 October 2012

Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis)
Tejo Internacional NP, Portugal

Rather peculiar and somewhat mysterious birds, Nightjars are creatures of the night that trust their extraordinary camouflage to go unnoticed by predators in daytime. I found this Red-Necked Nightjar one down, amidst Rockroses and Eucalyptuses, when it was preparing to go to sleep. Even at short distance it was not easy at all to detect it among the dry foliage.

Nikon D3s + Nikon 300mm f8
iso 800, 1/100, f10