Spotted Nightjar
In Flight
Ellura
Spotted Nightjar
Attacked by a Brown Falcon
 
    
Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus)Class: Animal (Animalia) - Chordate (Chordata) - Bird (Aves)
Order: Nightbird (Caprimulgiformes)
Family: Nightjar (Caprimulgidae)
Species: Spotted Nightjar (Eurostopodus argus)
This Photo:     In Flight

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.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Apr-2013
This species is classed as RA (Rare) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)