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Dusk chorus

Duration: 03:09

Chris Packham and David Tipling watch a male nightjar on its roost. The female is on the nest somewhere nearby. The male will return to the same roost regularly - he has several roosts in the area. He is fantastically well camouflaged. As twilight comes they head out onto the heath to watch the male's activity. Nightjars are usually elusive, but David has been photographing this one for three years and gradually been able to get closer and closer. Jazz music can be heard from the nearby campsite, but Chris hopes the nightjar will drown it out. The male arrives and calls to the female. His beak looks small but can open really wide to catch insects. Nightjars are crepuscular - they come out at dusk and dawn. They can fly several kilometres in search of food.

Available since: Tue 18 May 2010


Key talent
Simon King
Key talent
Kate Humble
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Chris Packham
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Gordon Buchanan
Key talent
Martin Hughes-Games
Reema Lorford
Executive Producer
Tim Scoones

This clip is from

Springwatch 2009, Episode 10

Simon King reveals Wales is a stronghold for the rarest species of crow breeding in the UK

First broadcast: 09 Jun 2009

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