Wildlife Photo of the moment: a Common Pauraque.
I took this picture of the Common Pauraque during the night. Right before I went out, there was a little rain too. This explains why it looks so puffy and different. It had a little shower.
Common Pauraques are also known as nightjars. During the night you will hear them whistling and see them taking short flights. While they make these short flights they are actually catching insects in midair. Daytime they are resting inside the bushes away from direct sunlight.
Common Pauraques are experts in being invisible, their camouflage outfit plays a mayor role in this part.
Common Pauraques are easily spotted at night near the airstrip and on the edge of any hiking trails.
Pauraques (Nyctidromus albicollis) are nightjars. They are active during the nighttime and because of their well camouflaged 'suit' it is difficult to spot them easily. In general Pauraques are insect eating birds. They are also common birds and are frequently heard and seen in Kabalebo.
Since they rely on their camouflage, Pauraques (or in general nightjars) lay their eggs on leaf litter. No particular nest is made, since they are 'one with the dry leaves (see picture above) I wouldn't find ones nest, but as they are also easily alerted, they fly away and expose their nest.
It was a short but successful observation. Enjoy!