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
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…
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