I saw and photographed my first of the year Common Nighthawk yesterday in northern Utah after I found it resting on a red gate about mid-morning. Common Nighthawks rest during the day and feed on flying insects during dusk and dawn and they can be found in most of North America during their breeding season.
I wish I had found this one earlier in the morning when the light was softer and when the sun hadn’t been quite so high. I see this species on the wing far more than I see them resting so I felt I had to take photos of it even though the light wasn’t the best.
I was able to take a few images of the Common Nighthawk with a better light angle and a bit closer than I was in the first photo, close enough that the bird nearly filled the frame. I wish the nighthawk had opened its eyes but it never opened them much more than is shown in this photo.
I wanted to include a wide angle photo that showed the nighthawk resting on the red gate from the same location where I took the photo above. Having a long lens allows me to take frame filling images of birds without having to be right up on the bird and without disturbing them.
After taking a few more images of the resting Common Nighthawk it was time to head back home. Life is good.