|Meyrick and yours truly having some refreshment at a Trelleck pub|
|nice pic of the local church|
|the view from the car park|
|same view but with the sun going down|
It was way to dark for any Nightjar photo's so here's some that I borrowed, the male birds differ from the females in that they have white spots on the wing tips and the tail. The males also make the churring noise which is used to hold territories and attract the females. They also wingclap using the top of their wings both birds make a kooick call. The Nightjar's plumage is so good at camouflaging them when roosting by day they're almost impossible to see, that's why the best time to see them is at dusk.
|male nightjar showing the white spots on it's wings and tail|
|nightjars here showing its cryptic plumage|
|the nightjar is only one of the few birds to perch horizontaly along tree branches|
Here's a recording of it's unusual churring call, they were originally called night churr's but the churr changed over the years to jar. There's also wing clapping and it's kooick call.
A massive thank you to my mate Meyrick for booking up the trip and giving me my first ever sighting of these truly remarkable birds. Cheers mate.