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 450D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonabout 5 years ago

    Incredible shot! Wow… so beautiful.. I’ve never seen one…

  • Thanks Betsy. It’s very exciting as they are endangered in NSW due to land clearing … it also let me get very close …. so hope it’s stays safe in such a strangely public location!

    – byronbackyard

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    laruecherieabout 4 years ago

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBabout 4 years ago

    December 26, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

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    rocamiadesignabout 4 years ago

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