Last night - Wednesday 9th May - we headed over to our regular site for the Red-necked Nightjar. It was a lovely warm evening with very little breeze and we arrived just as the light was beginning to fade.
Despite the noise from the firework display in the distance, we could hear the Nightjars as soon as we got out of the car. The fireworks were heralding the end of the 1st day of a 4 day fiesta in Torrevieja, which is being held to celebrate the traditions & culture of Spain. Not to be outshone in either the noise or the display stakes, the Nightjars performed brilliantly. The distinctive churring call got louder and louder until the first bird flew straight across the road only a couple of metres from our heads.
Without doubt this is the best view of Red-necked Nightjar I have seen here in Spain.
(Author - Tracy Powell)