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Hawking for Nighthawks

One year ago   |   By 10,000 Birds

Just under a fortnight ago, I saw a report on the local bird alert of a sighting of a group of approximately 20 Nacunda Nighthawks at a wetland not more than 20 minutes from where I live. Even though I had seen these cryptic austral migrants before, there was no way I was going to pass up an opportunity that was this close to home. Especially as we were at the time about to experience a rapidly advancing tropical storm.
Striated Heron in breeding plumage - extra plumes and blue lores.
It seemed to be good birding judgement to scan the seasonally flooded wetland in the couple hours of...
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