Nevertheless, orginally Grant and I spotted our first nightjar in the headlights of the car. I jumped out and through a series of
Later a friend whose family have a hunting concession in Tanzania, lent us a torch. According to him, this very powerful light is one of the few types which should be used for game night drives. Apparently the ones that are used by the miners here (for work purposes only) are detrimental to the animal or bird's eyes.
This weekend Grant tested his steadiness when holding the heavy torch as he picked out a nightjar roosting on the ground in front of the car. I twiddled each camera function (mainly manual and custom) until I had the subject in focus. Even though our friend assured us that the light doesn't harm the bird, we like to work as quickly as possible, turn off the beam and get back into the vehicle. It's only fair to leave a wild animal in peace as soon as possible after we've had the pleasure of viewing it.
A nightjar in the road on the mine. Notice how difficult it is to spot.
Above I managed to get a bit closer to the nightjar
I'm linking this post to Wild Bird Wednesday.
I hope you're all having a great week.