One of the Creatures of the Night you may encounter on a Night-walk at duPlooy’s is the Common Pauraque, one of the many species of night jars. This evening bird has the peculiar habit of waiting on the road or trail until you are only a few feet away, before flying off just far enough away so you will soon be upon them again, whereas they seem to wait once again for you to approach to within a few feet of them, before darting off again.
Besides having the opportunity to see one up-close you may by chance hear a whistle like call “weeow wheeooo” (who-r-you) – know that a male Pauraque somewhere out in the “bush” is performing a courtship by fluttering around a female with hopes of building a nest together.
Factoid For Birders – Even though this bird is called the “common pauraque” it is not so common because it is the only bird in the genus nyctidromus.
Another Creature of the Night is the Nine-Banded Armadillo and they are often heard crashing through the bush or sighted with their long noses in a hole they just dug for the purpose of seeking out and enjoying a dinner of grubs and bugs.
Related Story – One morning one of duPlooy’s guests reported that someone had been lurking outside his room for several hours the previous night. Now, it seemed strange that someone would just lurk outside for a long period of time so I asked the watchman to check during the night to see if the mysterious stranger re-appeared.
The next morning the watchman reported to me that a large armadillo had been noisily sucking up his dinner of grubs right behind their room …. and I was able to reassure our guests that it wasn’t someone lurking outside their room after-all and I think they slept much better after that.
The Tarantula’s intimidating appearance is far worse than their bite. In fact the venom is weaker than t of a honeybee and is harmless to humans. This information is freely given to reassure those on a Night-walk, that when your guide spots a tarantula and bends down to casually picks it up for observation and then offers to let you hold the tarantula in your hand, you won’t be distracted unnecessarily by thoughts of whats going to happen if this thing bites me!
Do you ever wonder why there aren’t many biting insects around? Well, a lot of itis because there are so many other creatures busily gobbling up their larva and adults, both during the day and into the night.
The Rat Bat, for example, is said to consume around 1,000 mosquitoes an hour. So feel good when you see them around and look for them at the end of the deck hanging around during the day before they fky off at dusk to help with insect control.
To experience just how active the night-life on the grounds are, simply reserve a private or signup for a guided-night walk.
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