Last Saturday I drove down to the BTO headquarters in Thetford to attend the OSME general meeting, more of which later. After the event had closed at around 5.00pm I took some time to visit a part of Thetford Forest to take a couple of photos of Nightjar chicks. A friend was looking for Adders last week when he flushed a female Nightjar and in doing so he located the nest which contained two recently hatched chicks. So armed with a 400mm lens, so that I could shoot from a reasonable distance as well as a 70mm lens to get shots that shows the nest site, we strode purposefully into the forest!
|Typical Nightjar habitat in Thetford Forest|
|Nightjar chick - close-up|
|Spot the chicks!|
|Nightjar chicks at approximately one week old.|
The young rely on their cryptic camouflage and by remaining still to avoid being detected. I was told that when they are handled by licenced ringers they remain perfectly still and calm and do not need to be placed in bags as they are so sure of their invisibility they don't really think they are being handled at all...because nobody can really see them!