Monday, 27 July 2009

Bush Stone-curlew

During our stay on Stradbroke Island we had the company of these Bush Stone-curlew or Bush Thick-knees around the caravan park we stayed in. There were at least six of them. While there the lady that runs the park told us about a pair of Beach Stone-curlew but we were not lucky enough to see them this time.

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Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius)




16 comments:

mick said...

Great birds. I thought they are supposed to be shy but its amazing where they decide to live.

Neil said...

Yes Mick they wandered around in daylight and were calling before dusk. It helps that no dogs or cats are allowed in the park.

gwendolen said...

How cool. Must be great to see them trot around the caravan park :)

Kelly said...

...wow...when I enlarged the first photo his eye really caught my attention--gorgeous!

MaineBirder said...

Very interesting birds Mick... lovely captures!

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Lovely shots, Neil! I love those big eyes!

Neil said...

Thanks Gwendolen, Kelly, Maine Birder, Bob & Cynthia for your comments the eye does stand out.

Tranquility said...

I've never seen this bird before, but what a beauty!!

Neil said...

Thanks Tranquility it is a very beautiful bird.

Tarzan said...

good to see you got some great shots mum

Neil said...

Thanks Tarzan it was a great weekend and I did not get sea sick.

Tarzan said...

good to see so you will be up for the nexrt trip then :) this time you can drive and do the reversing :)

Neil said...

Thanks Tarzan you need the practice I can't do everything for you.

Arija said...

Great with their knobby knees and stilt like legs.

Neil said...

Thanks Arija their legs look very thin for the size of the bird.

Anonymous said...

During our recent visit to straddie we were encounter by the famous curlew which e1 seems to love so much, walking down the street one nite on our stay we were attacked by 3 curlews i have never been so scared. Never seen anything like it before and hope never too. The people we were staying with had a good laugh they knew the exact birds, told us about the aboriginal legend & they were harmless. But have been known to attack cars..... The scariest thing ever to met in the dark in a strange place.... I have only 1 phobia and its new....BIRDS...lol