This little Chuck-will's-widow (Antrostomus carolinensis) came as a surprise to me. After visiting Wakodahatchee, I stopped at Green Cay simply to see it, as I had never been. I'm certainly glad I did, as this handsome devil was perched essentially under their bird feeders! It was a lifer for me, of course.
The largest of North America's nightjars, it is distinguished from the Whip-poor-will mosty by the flatness of its head and the filamentation of rictal bristles. These birds are notoriously difficult to spot, as they while away their days, motionlessly sleeping on the ground or low branches. They blend like butter. But at night, they become hunters of all manner of insect...and the occasional bat!
Canon 5D IV, 400 ƒ/4 DO IS II, 2x TC III at
800mm, ƒ/8, 1/100 sec, ISO 4000