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© Patrick James
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UploadedJune 3, 2009
TakenMay 25, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/3200 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length380 mm
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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.

4 responses

  • Nasera S.

    Nasera S. gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Fantastic shot!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    Beautiful Capture !!! Well Done

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (17 Sep 2009):

    What a gift! Your respect for the situation is awe-inspiring and a lesson for all of us. Well done. I can only be envious of that opportunity.

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (26 Dec 2009):

    beautiful photo

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