Conservation Status: Least ConcernBy Ali Bernie Buga-ay / Editor
I was walking around looking for nests and eggs of the Red-wattled Lapwings in which they leave when people approach their area where they are sitting or feeding. I was very sure that I would find one near the dirt road. I made sure I was quiet and stepped on the dirt as careful as I could. As I was just trying to scan the ground this Nightjar was surprise of a find, I had my Fujifilm XT-10 with a 60mm macro lens on and I was so disappointed.
What I did was I took some shots with the macro lens and I can’t just come closer. After taking some shots, I slowly went back to the truck which was just fifteen feet away. To my delight the Nightjar did not mind a thing, it stayed there tucked and comfortable.
I came back with the D500 with my Nikkor 200-500mm and started taking shots while standing in front of the lovely bird. I lowered my body to the ground, it was very hot and the earth was very rough. I tried to be at level with the bird and just enjoyed the moment of being intimate and very close at the bird.
The Indian Nightjar can be found in Southeast Asia and its habitat can be near a forest, flat lands near trees and hills, and it feeds on insects at dusk or during the night. When in flight during the day, as they usually get frightened by an intruder, they flap their wings a few times and glide low and then land quickly. They can’t be far all the time unless they are threatened, in that case they will try to fly a little bit farther away in which it would be difficult to find them after landing.
Namtok Samlan National Park, Thailand
May 25, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
"and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky"
Birding in Chiang Mai is one of the best experiences a birder could have. This was the second time we went there this year, lasting was in February and then we can’t wait for December, we decided to go for the Firethroat in Chiang Rai, at Nam Kham Nature Reserve and then head for Doi Lang, Doi San Ju, Doi Ang Kang, and the town Fang. We had five days to find our target birds and also see beautiful places. We left in April 13, 2007 at 6:00 o’ clock in the evening and we took turns driving to Chiang Rai to catch up with the Firethroat before heading to Chiang Mai and climb Doi San Ju.
BIRDING WITH KARLO AND AYEN
We have been going with this couple several times fishing, camping, charity works, hiking, shooting arrows, and just about any adventure we can do together.
Birding was another story; it was the first time for them and they just have to learn everything without proper equipment and yet the managed with great fun. Five days of pure birding adventure, every moment was just so beautiful and packed with activities that we will never forget.
DOI SAN JU
Arpha and I had been there last February of 2017 and we hired a truck to bring us up the mountain. We left very early in the morning and we we in and out of our sleep as we were driving up the mountain. We were awaken by our driver in front…