A beautiful chocolate bird with delicious vanilla streaks, the nightjar has turned out to be the ultimate rebel. Ever since his creation/evolution (depending on whatever side of the fence you are perched on), the nightjar has had a fervent ambition to transform into a crackling, sun-tanned, sauve, independent LEAF.
Ever so often, he descends to the ground and sits perfectly camouflaged among rocks, dried twigs & leaves covering the ground. An atrociously lazy bird, the nightjar won't move until a muddled researcher stands precariously balanced with one giant foot over his teeny bird-body. Then, Mr. Nightjar takes umbrage, and flies off muttering indignant chweets about lumbering bozos disturbing his afternoon siesta.
<Dated October 2014, Practising small mammal trapping next to the NCBS campus, Bangalore>
Ramblings on wildlife sharing spaces with non-wild humans