Bush Stone-Curlew

at Walkabout Creek, The Gap.

Always an interesting bird to come across.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 18th August 2013, This photo: 12:06pm


  • teejaybee said:
    Nice! Their eyes are huge and they look kinda strange / large while in flight... not to mention the call :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed, they're pretty amazing. With the right leaf litter they can completely disappear. They also spread their large wings and hiss at you if you approach their young.
  • traceyjohns said:
    Great find! Terrific capture!
  • accesser said:
    Nice catch David, We have a family of them at home they are really quite interesting birds the parents will use the distraction method to protect the young.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/traceyjohns] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/accesser] Sure are! There's some around here too, as I hear them at night occasionally, although have yet to see them (but then, their camo is pretty good).
  • aaardvaark said:
    Love this shot/framing - I've never seen one and very keen to do so.
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozjulian] We get these on at the end of our driveway at night. We hear them quite often and on the times I've come home late I've had to slow down to let them move out of the way.
    Up at my parent's place (where I am at the moment), near Mackay, they're out on the road most nights wailing.
    Pretty funky birds though - their camouflage is amazingly good in their native habitat.
  • aaardvaark said:
    I really didn't know they were a) so common, and b) so well adapted to built-up landscapes. Thanks for the info, I'll add your driveway to my next itinerary! Please don't be disturbed by the midly deranged man you see with long lens there, it'll all be perfectly innocent!
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ozjulian] Pretty normal really, after all, I tend to lurk around with a long lens too ;-)