Friday, August 3, 2012

Midnight heat

Last night I was out for my monthly full-moon session at Neot Hakikar, to check for my nightjars. It was amazingly hot (the hottest day of the year perhaps). At 23:00 I measured 39 degrees! Damn that was hot. Nightjar activity was OK (not more) - despite the full moon and terrific moth activity few nightjars were out foraging, and most were hanging around inside the saltmarsh. Still I managed to get in touch with most pairs I needed. Juveniles have dispersed already. 
A nice bonus was two (or three) Pharaoh Eagle Owls - a large female and a tiny male in two different sites, plus another bird I saw inly briefly. They were quite jumpy so not even a record shot.

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