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Unbelievably this bird was just sitting in some scrubby bush by a busy walkway in downtown Byron Bay. It was unfazed by my proximity until a got that inch too close and it made a long, hissing noise to indicate to me that I needed to back off.
The Bush Stone-curlew, or Bush Thick-knee, is a large, slim, mainly nocturnal, ground-dwelling bird. It is mostly grey-brown above, streaked with black and rufous. It is whitish below with clear, vertical black streaks. The bill is small and black, and the eye is large and yellow, with a prominent white eyebrow. It’s a nocturnal bird and feeds at night.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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  • Babcia
    Babciaabout 5 years ago

    Very nice shot!

  • Thank you, such an unusual bird to be in such a busy, public place, I worry for it.

    – byronbackyard

  • Jenny Brice
    Jenny Briceabout 5 years ago

    You have captured this bird beautifully. How unusual to see it in a busy place and during daylight hours.

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 4 years ago

    Beautiful bird, lovely green eyes! Great shot.

  • Many thanks, they’re such an unusual bird!

    – byronbackyard

  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoover 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725over 4 years ago

  • mosaicavenues
    mosaicavenuesover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL work

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Sue Ratcliffe
    Sue Ratcliffeover 2 years ago

    Congratulations! Featured June 30 2012. Great image!!!

  • Many thanks Sue, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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