ET gets a girl! ... These fantastic wee birds are relatives of Nightjars. They live in pairs (the male is the greyer of the two) within primary rainforest where they hunt large insects from a perch or via a rather weak fluttering flight.
These birds are a challenge to find but we had an expert guide in Mr C. Wickramasekara. Wicky was simply superb at finding the rare and unusual as well as having a wide knowledge of Singhalese culture and wildlife. He is a thoroughly nice guy and great company and of course can find Frogmouths in the dark!
The birds were photographed using flash. The birds were first illuminated using a weak hand torch which allowed me to focus and which constricted the pupils of the birds -a handkerchief was then placed over the flash to diffuse the light -these birds have delicate eyes which don't respond well to being "lasered" by a flash unit.
Image taken on the track from Martin's Place leading to the Sinharaja NP gate, Sinharaja, Sri Lanka.
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