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Anne Elliott
Chordeiles minor
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early summer
Southern Alberta
metal railing
© Anne Elliott 2017
Common NIghthawk
Caprimulgidae family
small bill
white throat
1 July 2017

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Yesterday, 1 July 2017, it was such a thrill to see this Common Nighthawk / Chordeiles minor (a rather strange looking bird), as I had always wanted to see one actually lying on a fence post or wooden railing. People get such amazing photos of them like that, and that is what I was determined to find this summer. Last year, I had driven to this area in southern Alberta, hoping to find one, but had been out of luck. Though I ended up with this one lying on a hard, metal railing that lacked character, I'm still happy as can be. These birds are 9½ inches from the tip of bill to the tip of tail. Not only did friend Pam and I see this one, but there were three other Nighthawks there, too. Two of the others were also on a metal rail, but the fourth was on a fence post - not the best angle, but it was still nice to see a fence post perch. How close we came to missing them. I said I wanted to just check the first part of a small side road first, before continuing on the road we were on - and there they were! It took a round trip of 414 km to get them, but it was so worth it! I had seen a nighthawk on maybe five different occasions over the years, but never been able to get a proper photo. For Pam, this was the first time she had ever seen one, and she was so happy to see this lifer.

"On warm summer evenings, Common Nighthawks roam the skies over treetops, grasslands, and cities. Their sharp, electric peent call is often the first clue they’re overhead. In the dim half-light, these long-winged birds fly in graceful loops, flashing white patches out past the bend of each wing as they chase insects. These fairly common but declining birds make no nest. Their young are so well camouflaged that they’re hard to find, and even the adults seem to vanish as soon as they land." From AllABoutBirds.


I was so tired after driving such a long distance and it was a hot day - the temperature got up to 30C. I so rarely do such a long drive, and I've barely driven all winter and spring. It felt so good to actually get out on a long drive like this, and we saw all sorts of interesting things that we just had to stop and photograph - of course! Last night, I was too tired to edit any photos to post today, and then I overslept till about 11:30 this morning, which is why I'm posting so late today.

Every single time I go out with my camera for a drive, I never forget to be SO thankful to live in a country where I have the freedom and safety to go where I want, and to see such beauty. Thank you, Alberta and Albertans - and Happy 150th Birthday, Canada! Such a young country.

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 Ken Dies
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Great photo Ann. We have one feed high above our house here in the country but have not seen it on land. Would love a photo some day.
2 years ago.
Anne Elliott club has replied to Ken Dies club
Thanks so much, Ken! I think they are more often seen high in flight than actually perched low. Good luck : )
2 years ago.
 Pam J
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Admired in ~ I ❤ Nature
2 years ago.
Anne Elliott club has replied to Pam J club
Thanks so much, as always, Pam!
2 years ago.
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