Spot the nightjar—the video

OMG; I can’t believe I’m putting up yet another “spot the nightjar” post! Blame it not on me, but on Professor Cobb, especially if you fail at spotting the nightjars! (I’m starting to think that Cobb has an obsession with these birds.)

by Matthew Cobb

The good folks at Project Nightjar at Exeter and Cambridge have now released a video showing how well camouflaged these birds are – and you get the answer while watching!


  1. rickflick
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    I found it!

    • gbjames
      Posted March 25, 2014 at 4:47 am | Permalink


  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    I missed the first but the others I saw. I like the video better because you get the answers quickly and it highlights the bird afterwards so you don’t feel your sanity slipping away as you accuse various leaves & trees of being night jars….or the face of Jesus while never really finding the Nightjar, even after it’s pointed out to you!

    • Dominic
      Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:15 am | Permalink

      Two dimensions make it much harder.

  3. Dominic
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Is the nightjar something you use if you cannot make it as far as the… ?!

  4. Sidd
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    It’s a curious strategy for a bird to camp on the ground. Given all the predators roaming around with good smelling senses, wouldn’t it better to be camouflaged while sitting in a tree? Though I suppose it is oftentimes harder to hide in a tree.

  5. lisa parker
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    At least I actually saw the birds.

  6. Graham Martin-Royle
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Aaaarghhhh! Even when they zoomed in I couldn’t see them!

  7. Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Love the video. I’m still waiting for the book, the educational card game, and the Call for Entries for the all-media Spot the Nightjar international online art exhibition.

  8. Richard Olson
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Each time I looked for the bird on previous posts of still photos I was pretty certain I located every one. After watching this video, I am now absolutely certain I was previously fooled each and every time.

  9. Posted March 25, 2014 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I didn’t see any nightjars, but I’m pretty sure I did spot at least a couple dozen mimic octopudlianae….


  10. ivy privy
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    It is so much easier to Spot the red-tailed hawk

    The Cornell hawks are back for a third season of their reality nest cam. Three eggs in the nest at present.

  11. Diane G.
    Posted March 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    That was fun! 😀

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