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5 October 2008 Sam Woods

Australian Owlet-Nightjar

Lamington National Park, Queensland

Unlike many nightbirds this one is arguably easier to find during the day, as they are not the most vocal of birds and therefore not easy to come by under cover of darkness. We had checked a noted hole for this bird several times over the few days we were at O Reilly's, and had resigned ourselves to the fact that it may not be using this long-favored roosting hole any longer. During an afternoon walk down the Border Track I nonetheless glanced up at the hole just in case, and some distance off I could see a very cute grey head looking curiously out from the dead tree. The two people on this custom tour were very quickly sold on the cuteness of Owlet-nightjars, and it immediately rocketed to the top of their trip list. I am a night bird addict, and there is something special about Owlet-Nightjars in particular. I just wish more of the species could be as obliging as this one can be!

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