Even though this bird is called the “common pauraque” it it not so common because it is the only bird in the genus nyctidromus. This nightjar is one of the Creatures you might see on a night walk at duPlooy’s This bird sits in the road, flying up in front of you so close that you wonder why you didn’t step on it.
If you hear a whistled “weeow wheeooo” (who-r-you) you will know that the male pauraque is on a courtship flight, fluttering around a female with high hopes of building a nest together.
Another nighttime sighting is the armadillo.
The are often found with their long noses in a hole, enjoying a dinner of grubs and bugs.
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 that a large armadillo had been noisily sucking up his dinner right behind the room so, when the next guests reported the intruder, I was able to reassure them that no one was lurking outside their room.