To see this species, the White-throated Nightjar Eurostopodus mystacalis, is very unusual in the Newstead area. To be able to photograph one is a rare and memorable event. Over the past few years I’ve been fortunate to make a number of observations of this stunning spring migrant. It’s cryptic behaviour and camouflaged appearance make it an extremely difficult bird to find. I suspect some locals may have heard its eerie call, described by Pizzey as ‘rising deep ‘kooks’ accelerating into a weird staccato laugh’ – I’d be very interested to hear from you if you think you may have seen or heard a White-throated Nightjar.
Reference: The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight, 9th edition (ed. Sarah Pizzey), 2012. Harper Collins Publishers.