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Bird ID help

Discussion in 'Birds' started by fireflyer, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. I was out hiking in Yellowstone last week and came across this bird. It's behavior seemed odd to me. It would jump up from my feet, fly 10 or 15 feet and then settle down like this on a rock. It did this over and over, each time settling down on the rock like it was nesting. I didn't appear to be injured or protecting a nest. Its camoflauge was so good, I'd lose it against the rocks when I'd look down at my camera.

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    Thanks,
    Jeff

    P.S. - I dropped my 70-300 right before this and apparently broke my autfocus. Sorry about my less than stellar manual focusing ability.
     
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  4. califlefty

    califlefty

    946
    Apr 7, 2006
    Common Nighthawk.
     
  5. Thanks - just uncommon for amatuers like me. I appreciate your help.
     
  6. Common Nighthawk definitely. Not often seen so you had a nice experience there. I think it might have been feeding since it hunts insects on the wing. It kept going back the rock because it blends well with the rock as a background.
     
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  7. Neat - where was this guy at? Sorry about your lens!

    Sean
     
  8. Bolts

    Bolts

    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    They might be Common Nighthawks, but they are anything but 'common'. Lucky you to get these wonderful shots.

    You might want to post these over at birdersworld.com. They'll be excited, too!
     
  9. Thanks everyone! I spotted this guy in a rocky bluff-like area north of the road between Tower Junction and the lamar Valley in Yellowstone NP.
     
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