June 27, 2003

Bird Food

Image copyright Fred First
I just stepped out on the front porch in the crepuscular half-light to 'take the air', listen to the creek and the quiet. Suddenly, in my reverie, not 50 feet away, calling from the yuccas below the house: the ear-splitting call of a Whippoorwill. I could have tossed a rock underhand and gotten within 5 feet of the thing. Yes, these 'goatsuckers' as they are called are well camoflaged to blend in with their nesting places on the ever-loving ground, of all places. But then, they go and shout, over and over, all night long: Come Eat ME! Come Eat ME! I'm right HERE! I'm right HERE! Got no TEETH! Got no TEETH! Tell me how has this bird survived to this day with this self-promotional approach to survival? I am in awe.

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What a picture! Wish I was half as talanted with a camera.

Posted by: bogie at June 27, 2003 07:15 AM

Great photo. Something surreal about the light.

I've wanted to see a Whippoorwill since I was a child. Have read about them in all sorts of stories and nature books over the many years, and even lived in the States for 20 year... still haven't seen one. They don't live here in Japan. One day perhaps.

Japan has Jungle Nightjars, which are very similar, but instead of hiding on the ground as Whippoorwills do, Jungle Nightjars conceal themselves along narrow tree limbs, stretching their beaks and necks to resemble cut off branches. And just like Whippoorwills, they make a deafening racket all night long, sounding more like hystrically laughing madmen, then birds.
( http://www.mangoverde.com/birdsound/picpages/pic83-48-1.html )

Just last weekend I was up in the mountains north of Tokyo, in Oze Marsh, kept awake half the night by these mad, death defiers. But they are beautiful birds, and in flight (though I have never seen one) are supposed to be graceful, like Nighthawks.

Really like your site. Hope you don't mind that I've put your link on mine. One of the few blogs that I return to quite often...

Posted by: butuki at June 28, 2003 07:33 AM

THIS IS ABSOLUTELY "AWESOME" THANK U SO MUCH, AS I ALSO HAVE WONDER'D SINCE I WAS A CHILD WHAT THESE BEAUTIFUL SOUND'N CREATURES ARE (EVENTHO I HAVE NEVER HEARD'M...)
I THINK?? I WISH WE HAD ONE IN OUR "LARNJUDE'S HEAVEN" FOUR ACRE RANCH!!
GOD BLESS AND HAPPY TRAILS..

Posted by: LARNJUDE at June 13, 2004 08:11 PM

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