Spotted Nightjar on the coast

To: Bruce Roubin <>
Subject: Spotted Nightjar on the coast
From: scouler <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jun 2001 22:39:06 +1000
Hello Bruce,

HANZAB 1V p 1015 records the Spotted Nightjar as occurring as far east  in NSW as Moree, Baradine, Goonoo SF, Hill End, Cowra, Temora and Wagga . It refers to one doubtful coastal record, a dead bird brought in by car near Bega in 1921, and indicates that the bird in question was probably a White-throated Nightjar.

We'll probably have to wait until Alan Morris gets back from Turkey in a few weeks for a break down of NSW records, but I'd say that if it was a SN, it would be the first record for Sydney.

Colin Scouler.

Bruce Roubin wrote:

 Good eye, I just watched a nightjar just after sunset tonight (fronm 5 to 5.30pm), in its erratic and batlike feeding flight over a stand of casuarinas.It had rounded wings and very prominent white wing patches - which I could see everytime I looked through my binoculars,no spotlights. Has to be a Spotted Nightjar, hasn't it? - the only problem is that I was on the coast, at H1 wetlands at Cronulla Sydney!Could it be a vagrant winter migrant?Anyone else seen one east of the Divide? Regards
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