Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus

Nightjar
Nightjar
Nightjar
The Nightjar, also called European Nightjar to distinguish from other species, breeds in the UK and through much of Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. It winters in subsaharan Africa. It is rarely seen since it lives in open country or woodland, has cryptic camouflage plumage and sleeps most of the day.
Nightjar
Nightjar
Nightjar
If in trees, it usually sits longways on braches to maximise camouflage. It flies mainly at dusk, night and dawn when its prey, mainly moths, beetles and other flying insects are on the wing. It catches prey (by sight) and drinks water in flight. Photos were by Alexandra Makhnina in Kazakhstan.