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Owlet-nightjar at Flowerdale

April 20, 2011

This nest box was installed after the Black Saturday fires on a partially burnt bush block (predominantly Red Stringybark and Long-leaf Box) near Junction Hill.  The box was used by a pair of White-throated Treecreepers last spring as a nest site, and is now occupied by an Australian Owlet-nightjar who spends long periods peering out at the world at large.

Although the owlet-nightjar is widespread and relatively common, it is not often seen, and with its big brown eyes and black-striped head, could, at first glance, be mistaken for a Sugar Glider at its hollow.

This clip showing the owlet-nightjar leaving the box at dusk was taken on windy night, so it is a bit jerky, and it may take a few moments to load.

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