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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. Both sexes are similar. Young Bush Stone-curlews are similar in appearance to the adults, but are paler, and a little browner in colour. Bush Stone-curlews are nocturnal birds (night birds), doing all their feeding and other activities at night.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM


bush stone curlew, burhinus grallarius, australian, bush thick knee, ground dwelling, nocturnal, native bird, endangered

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  • PlatypusPark
    PlatypusParkalmost 4 years ago

    What a great shot! How did you get so close? I’ve only seen these in Healesville Sanctuary (Victoria) and they were super shy.

  • Many thanks! There’s a pair near my workplace, right in the middle of town and they seem to be ok with me … although they take off if other people get close. I ‘talk’ to them!

    – byronbackyard

  • laruecherie
    laruecheriealmost 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Eeva47
    Eeva47almost 4 years ago

    Heh heh… What an expression!!!! Love his beautiful huge eye!!!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 4 years ago

    I love the big eyes. Congrats on the feature Deb.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Spadecaller
    Spadecalleralmost 4 years ago

    Terrific closeup!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1almost 4 years ago

    brilliant capture!! not an easy shot i’m certain!


  • Many thanks, no they’re very shy and nervous!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gerry  Temple
    Gerry Templealmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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