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I was creeping through the thigh-high grass, trying to get closer and closer to a beautiful Blue Grosbeak that was feeding on a wild blackberry vine. About halfway to my bird, I happen upon a small patch of old concrete. Over time it had been covered in sand, dirt, small pebbles, tree bark, and other natural debris.
The superb picture that I had in mind of the Grosbeak I was stalking, quickly dissolved as I stood beside the earth-laden concrete square. Two dark and ovular eyes were staring straight into mine.
Cryptically disguised in a canvas of earthy browns, caramels and shades of rufous, a Common Nighthawk gazed upwards towards me. A few seconds passed by before it took to a nearby tree branch (the one pictured).
I thought it odd for the bird to stay so close to me, when it easily could have escaped and left me in the dust. I slowly looked down towards the square and discovered what I had suspected. There were 2 medium-sized eggs colored and patterned to match both the plumage of the parent and the ground upon which they occupied.
I quickly snapped a picture of the eggs and left just as fast. The last thing I would want to happen would be for the parent to abandon the nesting ground on my behalf.
I like to think that it was my respect for this Common Nighthawk, as well as for its two hopefully already hatched eggs, that I was presented with the opportunity to witness such an amazing happening and a photo to remember it by.
Also by Patrick James
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