“On the evening of 9th March 2014, I was exploring a wooded area in Singapore to observe the awakening of Large-tailed Nightjars (Caprimulgus macrurus) amongst the treetops. The arrival of darkness is typically greeted with their signature ‘chionk’ notes uttered at regular intervals. One handsome and proud male was calling boldly from atop a branch, despite occasional gusts of strong winds threatening to tip its balance (above).
“A video clip of the Nightjar’s solo nocturnal performance may be previewed below.
“As the male nightjar sings, its white ‘beard’ across the throat is prominent.”
Dr Leong Tzi Ming
28th March 2014