Eastern Whip-poor-will

Eastern Whip-poor-willMay 31:  On the third visit to Meshomasic State Forest in Portland, CT, two Eastern Whip-poor-wills were observed at dusk by the roadside edge. I tried the same technique used to photograph Common Poorwill last year in Arizona, but while the Poorwill would remain motionless for minutes in the car headlights, no such luck with the Whip-poor-wills which are easily spooked by the light or by the approach of an observer. I managed one poor shot, just good enough for a record but not much else. It’s a bit of trial and error and will require the judicious use of a light just bright enough to allow focusing the camera while at the same time not spooking the bird.

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