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Nightjar ID, Port Aransas, Texas (1 Viewer)

rubonix

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Was walking around the Willows yesterday, a small green area surrounding a bit of water, when I saw a large bird flush. It flew to a nearby branch. Got a quick look thru my binocs and then I tried to get a pic, but only captured these 2 poor quality frames.

https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0YGFPgBPGKXXEh

My first look was a darkish brown nightjar with a a few golden buffy marks. After the 2 photos, it flew. Definitely not of the Nighthawk wing and tail shape. There were no distinguishable white markings on the tail. Was surprised at its size when it flew, as it was medium to large bird. As it flew I only got a view of its back and tail, which showed as only dark brown. Tail was spread. In looking at my sibley, I wonder if it was a Chuck-will's-widow.

First pic was right before it flew and second pic captures a bit of its tail.

Are there enough details in these 2 bad pics to confirm its ID?

Thx for your feedback.
 

tom baxter

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Pretty sure that is a chuck wills widow.

Edit: my conclusion was before reading your post. I think you got it right.
 

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