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p.1 #1 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


From Andasibe national park, East-Central Madagascar.

Calling from her perch she would feign injury, hobble around and draw me off until I was far enough away from her eggs that she felt comfortable. Then she would abandon all pretence and fly off.



Flying down to the ground she would spread out her wings to break up her outline so as to hide better:



One of the brief moments where she actually shut up!





All these were shot with the 5D mark II and the Zeiss 100mm Makro planar T* f/2.8 C/Y lens.

Thanks for looking and commenting,
Paul



Jan 22, 2013 at 07:13 AM
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p.1 #2 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Great birds and wonderful colouring. #1 and 3 for me. Great to this these more "exotic" birds. Don


Jan 22, 2013 at 07:25 AM
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p.1 #3 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Great captures & you must have been very close to use only a 100mm Macro & get these. Maybe a tad too close... Hopefully they're crops. We don't want Moms upset

I'm going with # 1 & 3

Lil



Jan 22, 2013 at 07:35 AM
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p.1 #4 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Well captured Paul. It's the last shot for me ~ Ron


Jan 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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p.1 #5 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


#4 for me too. Good find and good shots.


Jan 22, 2013 at 01:35 PM
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p.1 #6 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Very cool Paul, and nice images. I'm sure your overall Madagascar experience was a plethora of discovery...what an amazing place!

Jim



Jan 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM
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p.1 #7 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Nice pictures but you were way too close to this bird.


Jan 23, 2013 at 04:08 AM
 

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p.1 #8 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Ahhhhhhh... I love these! I hear this bird is the closest relative to Owls, that they share a common ancestor! Wonderful!


Jan 23, 2013 at 04:20 AM
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p.1 #9 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


So I've seen nightjars, and photographed nightjars but not anything like these...really super shots but like some others have said hopefully you weren't too close to have her abandon her nest.
Eric



Jan 23, 2013 at 04:43 AM
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p.1 #10 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


To allay people's fears I should mention that first off I'm not a birder but a macro photographer and so I only came upon this nightjar because she happened onto the path and not by searching her out (hence why I used a 100mm lens). 2) The female feigns injury, typically a broken wing in order to lure predators away from her nest. She will actually engage them by drawing ever closer, yet still out of reach, until she has the attention of the predator, and then she can slowly draw them away from the nest. I didn't even see the nest, and the only indication that I had that it was in the vicinity was the way that she was behaving. So when people say "Nice pictures but you were way too close to this bird" - I was actually on the trail, right where I was supposed to be.


Jan 23, 2013 at 05:43 AM
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p.1 #11 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Since you chose my comments I guess I should respond. You should have moved away from the bird until she showed no signs of stress. Just because the macro was the only lens you had doesn't mean you had to use it. Just my opinion.


Jan 23, 2013 at 05:58 AM
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p.1 #12 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


great set Paul..


Jan 23, 2013 at 08:12 AM
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p.1 #13 · Female nightjar from Madagascar


Excellent shots and bird, never saw one of this before.

Some comments seem exaggerated, you guys are nitpicking I see no harm to the bird!

Keep them coming Paul, thanks for sharing.

Antonio



Jan 25, 2013 at 01:49 AM





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