ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWKS

Antillean Nighthawk, Abaco (Woody Bracey)

ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWKS ON ABACO

“FAST FOOD ON THE WING”

The Antillean Nighthawk Chordeiles gundlachii has several local names such as ‘killakadick’ and ‘pi-di-mi-dix’, and variations on the theme – presumably onomatopoeic. The photos below illustrate these wonderful birds in flight and on the ground.

Paul Marvin / Xeno-Canto

Antillean Nighthawk in flight 3. Abaco Bahamas.6.13.Tom SheleyAntillean Nighthawk, Abaco (Sandy Walker)

The speed of flight and the jagging paths make the nighthawks extremely hard to photograph. It’s far easier when they are on the ground…

Antillean Nighthawk, Abaco Woody BraceyAntillean Nighthawk chick (aka pi-di-mi-dix) BahamasAntillean Nighthawk, Abaco (Susan Daughtrey)

Credits: Woody Bracey (1, 4); Tom Sheley (2); Sandy Walker (3); Birds Caribbean (5), Susan Daughtrey (6); Paul Marvin at Xeno-Canto for the sound recording

BAHAMA WOODSTAR HUMMINGBIRDS

Bahama Woodstar (m), Abaco (Bruce Hallett)Bahama Woodstar (m), Abaco (Bruce Hallett)  Bahama Woodstar (m), Abaco (Tom Sheley) Bahama Woodstar (m), Abaco (Tom Sheley)

The above birds with the purple ‘gorgets’ are males; below are two females

Bahama Woodstar (f), Abaco (Tara Lavallee)

A Woodstar in the coppice at Delphi – I had about 5 seconds to get this (not very good) shot!Bahama Woodstar (f), Delphi, Abaco (Keith Salvesen)

Credits: Bruce Hallett (1, 2); Tom Sheley (3, 4); Tara Lavallee (5); Keith Salvesen (6)