Reports of performing Great-eared Nightjars at Air Itam Dalam were too tempting to resist, so I made my way down there after work. While waiting till the ‘witching hour’ I watched an endless procession of House Crow flocks following the river south-west, no doubt heading for a highway toll roost somewhere. I was also surprised to see about 230 Asian Openbills quietly dropping into the recreational forest as dusk approached.
I tested out my camera settings one a pair of Paddyfield Pipits as the light faded, and quite liked the result on this one! This was digiscoped. I had a plan to try to shoot the nightjars in flight with the DSLR and then use the scope set-up for the perched birds later.
Once they settled to start territorial calling, it was simply a matter of walking up slowly to a reasonable distance and then setting the camera up. Focusing was quite a challenge. Here are some of the better attempts.
Here you go!