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Bush Stone Curlew

Bush Stone Curlew
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Copyright: Matthew Watt (Matthew-Watt) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 10] (26)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-20
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/159 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-20 17:30
Viewed: 4217
Points: 6
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This is an Australian Bush Stone-Curlew, a relative of wading birds that has adapted to open woodland environments, and is sometimes resilient enough to live in urban environments with a bit of tree cover. Standing about 2 feet tall, these birds have cryptic camouflage plumage, a glaring yellow eye and stand upon two very spindly legs.

Also known by many local names including Bush Thick-knee because of their rounded knees, or willaroo because of their bizarre, haunting calls at night a bit like: cooo-looo, cooo-li-ooo.

An extremely shy bird, it will often skulk around the shadows and when approach instead of flying away it just lays down on the ground very still and hisses. Resonably common in northern Australia, vulnerable in southern states.

I donít upload on Trek Nature very often, so donít worry about points if you donít feel like it. My main work is on Trek Earth, but I do browse this site occasionally. Perhaps I should more often.


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-20 17:37]

Hello Matthew,

A very intimate close up view of Bush's head.
Very sharp and crystal clear eye. Good natural shot with very low POV.

Hey Matthew,
Nice to see you posting here and welcome to TN, interesting close-up of this Australian Bush Stone-Curlew, love the POV, details are good with a good eye catch, if you can add your Exif Data so we can see the shooting info that would be useful, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-01-21 2:13]

Hi Matthew,
great shot of this thick-knee! i find them pretty shy generally and never have much luck getting close. nice close-up composition and pov. well focused with great detail and sharpness. nice one

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