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Fiery-necked Nightjar chicks

Caprimulgus pectoralis


A little bit smaller than a grown man's palm, still with it's soft down feathers. Mottled and barred with varying shades of brown, black and grey (could barely see it as it lay on the path about a meter ahead of me).


Found in a rocky area with small tufts of grass and "miracle weed", as the farmers in the area call it.


The only way I managed not to step on the chicks (there was a pair of them) was that the mother was about 10cm from the nearest chick and flew off, faking being injured, in an attempt to keep my attention away from the chicks.

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Spotted on Jan 7, 2014
Submitted on Jan 13, 2014

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