Not an Owlet-nightjar, but yesterday in mangroves near Townsville (Bushland
Beach) there was a Southern Boobook calling mid-morning, along with Shining
Flycatcher, Mangrove Robin, Black Butcherbird and Mangrove Gerygone.
On 21/01/2012, at 1:27 PM, Nick Leseberg wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have spent the last couple of nights assisting with research on microbats
> in mangroves around Brisbane, and have been surprised to come across several
> Australian Owlet-Nightjars.
> HANZAB states that Australian Owlet-Nightjars are 'rarely in mangroves', but
> I have found three different birds now using mangroves, with two of them
> being deep inside, at least 200m from the nearest other woodland. This might
> not be evidence that the birds are residing solely in mangroves or even using
> them regularly, but they appear to be using them for foraging occasionally at
> least. There certainly isn't a lack of insects, and with the abundance of
> hollows in the old growth sections of mangroves I don't think it would be
> surprising to find the birds residing there.
> Regards and good birding!
> Nick Leseberg
> Tropical Birding
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