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05 May 2005 @ 12:39 pm
The Art of Camouflage - part II  
The jungle is full of amazing creatures of all shapes and sizes if you look for them carefully. The Draco is a master of Camouflage as I found out in one of my trips. During my recent trip to Bandipur I happened to photograph a Nightjar - a mostly nocturnal bird which nests and roosts on the ground. They are so well camouflaged that you usually see them only when they fly from their ground perch.

This particular species is a Grey Nightjar which nests on slopes of hills which have scrub. That means, in open areas and that also means invitation for a raptor (eagle/falcon/kestrel). The only protection against predation is camouflage and these birds are so confident that it works that they dont move unless one gets too close to them.

This image of the bird is kinda wide, so it's behind the cut.

Do you see something more than just the bird? I did'nt see it when I spotted the bird and positined myself to take the photograph.

Diana Paradisedianaparadise on May 5th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
That's a mommy and baby!
Diana Paradisedianaparadise on May 5th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)
Hey are you part of the bird watching community?
Yathinyathin on May 5th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
Well, of course. For every bird I photograph, I see some 20 others which I cannot photograph, so bird watching helps. :)
Aragorn, Son of Arathorncode_martial on May 5th, 2005 09:13 am (UTC)
You don't have to miss them. Just try asking them to pose for you. They might be impressed with your car, camera or hair ;-)
Diana Paradisedianaparadise on May 6th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
We're talking about the feathered kind here!
Premshree Pillaipremshree on May 5th, 2005 08:18 am (UTC)
shandeegoddess on May 5th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
Wowerz! That is so beautiful! :-D You capture the animals so well.
Shandee ♥
sandeepdeepsan on May 5th, 2005 09:53 am (UTC)
I could only identify the baby from its nose!
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Yathinyathin on May 5th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
The baby is within the mothers wing. I was far away since I did'nt want to disturb the mother and Harsha kept on telling me to look at the baby, but I did'nt see him at all till I looked at the photographs. :D
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Yathinyathin on May 5th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
Looks can be decieving. A very nice bird in fact. In the jungles and even in the city outskirts you hear this bird all night making their territorial calls.
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Yathinyathin on May 6th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC)
Well, all birds are better than humans. However, one bird I kinda dislike are crows, since they pester other birds and even dont allow them to nest.
Diana Paradisedianaparadise on May 6th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
These are kinda scary.
WigNesvighy on May 5th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
superb pic :D
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on May 12th, 2005 10:12 am (UTC)
Simply awesome!