With a new camera whose settings I still haven't mastered 100%, I struggled to get clear photos of the night jars. Of course, we also struggled to identify these nocturnal aerial feeders once I'd downloaded the photos onto my computer.
The first birds we came across were a pair of Three-banded (Heuglin's) coursers.
Three-Banded (Heuglin's) Courser, our first birds spotted on our first night drive this year!
As we rounded the explosives magazine, the first night jar flew up in front of the vehicle. Grant crept along slowly and soon our headlights picked up a huddle in the road ahead. He shone the large torch we use, and I managed several photos.
Square-tailed (Mozambique) Night Jar
Riding through the African bush at night, on the lookout for night birds and other creatures: nothing to beat it!
In the grass running alongside the road, I spotted a pair of red eyes. Grant stopped and shone his torch while I focused and clicked away. We took a few photos and then left this soft-looking little guy in peace!
Last year, at the edge of this haul road, we'd followed the progress of a family of Spotted Thick-knee: Mom, Dad and youngster. We were interested to see if we'd see Thick-knee here again this night.
The haul road lit by the vehicle's headlights
But although we saw birds crouching in the sand ahead, by the time we got nearer, they flew up into the dark sky. Then just around the corner on the bush road, Grant stopped when I pointed to eyes in the grass.
And I was thrilled when I saw (don't want to say "spotted" LOL) a second Spotted Thick-knee much further up on a bushy bank and managed to get these clear images of it!
I'm linking to Eileen's Saturday Critter's Party which you can access by clicking here.
I hope you're all having a great Saturday.