Australian Owlet-nightjar (female) rufous morph
September 17th, 2017
Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia
Canon EOS 1D X
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
Incredibly excited to finally get an opportunity to photograph this species - and in daylight! This female has been using a particular tree as her daytime roost, which may indicate she is nesting. On sunny afternoons, she likes to sit at the entrance to her hollow & take in the last of the days sun.
The Owlet-nightjar is the smallest, most common, & widely distributed nocturnal bird in Australia. They come in two different plumage colourations; rufous (pictured) and the more common grey. Interestingly, only females appear in the rufous plumage.
An Arctic Tern once clocked a whopping nearly 60,000 miles over the course of its yearly migration from its breeding area on an island off the coast of England to Antarctica, and then back again.⠀
Photo: William Wingfield Jr./Audubon Photography Awards ⠀