Australian Owlet-Nightjar

Subject: Australian Owlet-Nightjar
From: "Marc Anderson" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2001 23:21:20 -0000
Hi Trevor,
I have had a similar experience with the lovely Owlet Nightjar. This bird eluded me for a few years despite hearing it chuckling away only 15 metres or so away from my bedroom window during the night. Eventually, after several excursions spotlighting for owls in the Royal NP did I set eyes on one of these fascinating & delicate little birds. One time the bird was so confiding I could have reached out & touched it, it allowed me approach so closely (& no, I didn't have it stunned by a flashlight!!!). Since then I have found them to be quite common in the Royal & even on a 'silent' night, a tape will often get a rapid response from an Owlet Nightjar.
Marc Anderson
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