Owlet Nightjars

To: Russell <>
Subject: Owlet Nightjars
From: Penny Drake-Brockman <>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 11:02:50 +1100
Dear Birding-aussers

My best views of these super little birds have all been in daylight - can
remember them as they are so special. And yes, it is a very small bird.
When you handle a road kill, it is a shock to see how tiny the body and
head is.

First time - disturbed from its very low  roost hollow by Robyn Hill  (past
sec. of the NSW FOC)  (unintentionally) while walking in callitris woodland
to one side of Rockview, Capertee Valley, NSW.

Sitting at the mouth of its spout at Stannix Park, near Windsor, NSW,
midday in the sun.

Being mobbed outside its roosting spout by a Willie Wagtail, Dusky
Woodswallows and White-plumed Honeyeaters, besides the tin church at Glen
Alice, Capertee Valley, NSW.

Being mobbed by 2 Red-browed Treecreepers somewhere up in Sunny Corner
State Forest, east of Bathurst, NSW, when doing a Birds of Bathurst survey.

Disturbed unintentionally from its roost hollow in a dry creek bed north of
Tibbooburra, far  nw NSW in Sept 2000 - an Olympic special!

Only one night-time spot-lighting view comes to mind - in the Pillaga when
Trevor Quested lured one in with a tape for a brief view.

The mobbing would seem to be when the nightjar comes to the front of its
roost hollow to sit in the sun and attracts the attention of passing
passerines who drive it temporarily out of its roost. I was attracted to
the spot by the noise of the  mobbing birds in the 2 occasions listed above
and was not the cause of the nightjar being out of its hollow. I've never
had any success banginng on tree trunks - not even a possum!

Penny Drake-Brockman, Examination Recitals Co-ordinator, Sydney
Conservatorium of Music.
Tel: 02 9351 1254.
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