|Class:||Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)|
|Species:||Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus)|
|This Photo:||Roosting, anterior|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Nests on the ground. Uses camouflage for protection. Has very distinctive white stripes on the wings (both upper & lower).
When exploring Ellura, we were startled by a medium sized bird on the ground suddenly taking flight. In no time it was hundreds of metres away. A Brown Falcon then decided it was invading it's territory and started dive bombing it.
Yesterday (14 Jan 2015), a similar thing happened again. This time it kept landing on the ground. We followed it in circles for about 4 landings before loosing it. Couldn't get a photo, due to the bushes & trees. At one point it was right in front of me and probably could have taken a photo if I could see it. Its camouflage is amazing.