similar to a whippoorwill, these nocturnal birds sleep on ground during the day. They are camouflaged and usually very hard to find. The rangers put sticks and twigs along the path to protect the bird from being stepped on... the sticks also showed us where to look. I was fortunate that the 20 minutes I waited for him to open his eye paid off.
Tags: Common Pauraque Estero LLano State Park Goatsucker Hidalgo County Nightjar Pauraque Texas