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Bush Stone-curlew

Burhinus grallarius


I nearly stepped on this bird.. sitting on its nest! They are really funny.. When disturbed, they freeze motionless, often in odd-looking postures. For visual predators like raptors (and humans), this works well, but it serves little purpose with introduced feral animals that hunt by scent: notably foxes.

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ScottBuckley 8 years ago

Ha! Such gorgeous eyes! Nice spot.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fabulously weird birds these. Good spot.

Christiane 8 years ago

Thanks Nightstar.. and @ Ava T-B I will post it into the mission..

Nightstar 8 years ago

You have a lot of great photos. Beautiful shots!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

"Their nest is a scrape or small clearing on bare ground, often near bush or a fallen limb." (from Australia Zoo's web site). They're called scrape nests, and the bird does do something, so I think it counts. There's an interesting book called Avian Architecture by Goodfellow that elaborates on scrape nests too.

Christiane 8 years ago

Well Ava T-B they don't really build a nest.. they just lay an egg or two and sit on it!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

So if this sweet bird is sitting on a scrape nest, it could go in the Animal Architecture mission at

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4671, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Dec 9, 2011
Submitted on Jan 5, 2012

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