Restless nights

Nights here are often restless, with the warm, humid breezes bathing a weary traveler in sweat. When the British arrived, the early settlers often lamented about the repeated call throughout the night, and eerily sounds a puc…puccc…wheeeeeeOOOWWW…  WHEEEOOOOOO. With eyes reflecting a bright orange glow and a tendency to hunt along open savannah like areas and wide trails, the Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) is a frequent sight in the New World.  Possessing cryptic camouflage and large powerful wings for slow and agile flight resembling a giant moth; flying beetles and other insects that venture into its path quickly become its next meal.  Common Pauraques and other Nightjars are sit and wait predators, lying camouflaged along the ground waiting for insects to pass overhead illuminated by the night sky.  Activity and vocalizations correlate with the lunar cycle; where full moon nights make their presence more evident by their perpetual calling. The beetle never stood a chance.

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