Friday, 5 August 2016

Laguna Blanca - White-winged Nightjar!

A trip to see the White-winged Nightjar is always a top priority for any visitor to Laguna Blanca. This species is known to breed at only three locations in the world two sites are in Paraguay one of which is Laguna Blanca the other at Mbaracayu (which is further south of LB).

The species is critically endangered in the world and has been the subject of a study by Joe which I have had the privilege of taking part in. A period of monsoon like rain during November 2015 and subsequent storms have flooded the route to and the area where this bird is resident. The weather has been much drier in recent months allowing the area to be accessed once again by the PLT team.

The search on this occasion was to be a short one with Joe locating a male that was proudly sitting on a termite mound. The bird flew a short distance and froze allowing me to get close to it to enable the rest of the group to get good views. 

Trips to see this rare species can be booked through tours with Paul Smith at his Fauna Paraguay website or contacting Karina Atkinson at Para La Tierra. Hyperlinks to both sites are at the bottom of this blog. 

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