Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Grey Nightjar: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Grey Nightjar or Caprimulgus jotaka is a Nightjar found in East Asia and in which it shows up in Thailand regularly and yet may be difficult to find and take a shot. It is sometimes treated as a subspecies of the Jungle Nightjar.

I was at Suan Rot Fai city park in Bangkok when I met a friend and told me that she and another friend took a shot of the Grey Nightjar roosting six to seven feet high from the ground and I missed going to the spot though I was there for two days straight.

Two weeks later Khun Chutinand Yuwawidhyaphanich has been posting on Facebook of the Grey Nightjar in which people came to her property to take shots. I reached out to her about the possibility of coming over, she was really generous and invited me to come the next day. Unluckily, the bird did not return the next morning and I thought it was gone and moved on somewhere; the following week I got sick and I can’t just go anywhere. My hopes of seeing it was already impossible to happen and yet she sent me a message that it has appeared again, roosting on the branch of their mango tree about twenty feet high.

Khun Chutinand together with her husband Khun Toey are amazing people, they invited me for lunch, brewed coffee for me, played fantastic music, and shared their lovely treasure as if I am their brother. Another friend showed up, Khun Melody, I never expected to meet her there and we were friends for quite a long time already but we never knew each other as birders or bird lovers. It was like a simple reunion and meeting new fantastic friends. Later that day, another person arrived and then Khun Tong, Rapeepong Puttakumwong, of the Bangkok Birding Gang.

It was a fantastic day with Khun Toey and Khun Chutinand, fantastic people and serious birders as they are, they have the heart to share all the time. Thank you so much for this lifer, God Bless you both.

Ari, Bangkok, Thailand
December 22, 2017
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