Portrait of a Common Nighthawk

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Nina Stavlund

Ooo! Gorgeous, and asleep, completely undisturbed :)

Common Nighthawks are insect eaters, and are seldom seen unless they are flying high overhead searching for insects, late in the day. During the daytime, they are roosting quietly in a tree. On the prairies, where there are very few trees, they will roost on a fence post. At Grasslands National Park in southern Saskatchewan, I was treated to seeing several of these birds on a horizontal fence rail. It allowed me to approach so that this photo was hardly cropped at all.
Taken By
Allen Woodliffe
Taken On
July 9, 2018
'common nighthawk' 'insectivore' 'bird'
  • Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • Focal: 400
  • Shutter speed: 0.002 sec
  • Aperture: f/ 10

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