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Bush Stone Curlew

Bush Stone Curlew
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Copyright: Sue Thomson (SueThomson) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 116 W: 0 N: 192] (603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-04 23:24
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Last weekend I was out looking for bugs in the bush near my home when I saw two Bush Stone Curlews. I couldn’t believe that they were so close to my home in suburbia! One of them scuttled off into the bush whilst the other stood very still and allowed me to walk up quite close. No doubt because of their colouring, he was hoping that he would camouflage into the surroundings and I wouldn’t be able to see him.

It was late afternoon and I was shooting into the sun, hence the lack of colour in the ground vegetation, although it is very dry and all is brown in the bush at the moment. I quickly tried a few settings hoping to get something decent.

Now that I know they are in this part of the bush, I will be sure to visit again, knowing that they might stand still and try to hide….a photographer’s dream!

Bush Stone-Curlews
Are also known as Bush Thick-Knee, Southern Stone-Curlew, Bush Curlew and Stone Plover. They are approximately 60 cm long and are grey-brown with a long neck and legs. They have a large eye and white eyebrow, dark mask through face, short grey beak, ragged pale band through middle of wing and have a streaked underbody. In flight, their neck is extended, legs trail beyond tail and have white patches in outer wing.

They have an eerie, high-pitched, accelerating wails or repeated double note. Their habitat is woodland and grassland, also farms, golf courses, parks and open areas in urban areas. They are widespread in the greater Brisbane region and are present all year.

Source of information: Wildlife of Greater Brisbane book

rcrick, Alex99, pekkavalo1, Art_R, darwin, jeanpaul, boreocypriensis, PaulH, hester, bahadir has marked this note useful
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Hi Sue.

Nice capture of the Bush Stone Curlews, I've never seen one before, loverly detail in the plumage, and it certainly blends in well with the background, that eye is amazing, t.f.s all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-05 0:30]

Hi Sue.
Many thanks for your kindness and nice comment and chance (for me) to meet your gallery.

I like your note so much and nice estimation of your own picture. I like it a lot too, its expressiveness and great details. Pictured scene is very attractive at whole. Composition is excellent and POV is so impressive. Modest colours are looked naturally and very nice too. My best wishes and compliments.

Hello Sue,

Good capture of this well camouflaged bird.


Hi Sue,

Excellent capture of Bush Stone Curlew. The light is very harsh but you have managed very well. Good pose and composition, sharp details and natural colours.



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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-07-05 2:55]

hi SUE,
great natural shot of this bird. I like rasor pov, neatness and colors.


Hi Sue

Well done on find the stone-curlew near your home. They became locally extinct in 1930s down our way, due to predation by fox's.
Pity about the OE on the top of the head. Adjust the EV to -1 may have helped in reducing this when shoot towards the sun direction.
Good sharpness and composition otherwise.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-07-05 17:51]

He does blend into the BG really well - but he didn't fool you Sue! He looks like he is standing so still too.
I've never seen one before, but I will admit I've only visited your wildlife parks over there and I don't think they could restrain these in one of them.
Thanks for sharing him with us

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-07-06 9:45]

Hi Sue , a very good photo , details and composition are very nice , and i really like the natural setting and colors , for the harsh sunlight it is good color , and has a good natural feel to it, thanks for sharing

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-07-08 7:57]

Hello Sue

Excellent eye detail and colour,the eye gives the bird a look of innocence.
Lovely plumage detail and markings.
The natural setting is lovely.
Very good pov and dof.


Hi Sue
Very good capture with great sharpness and nice natural color
tfs jon

Hi Sue
C'est une belle capture de cet oiseau aux aguets , tres bonnes couleurs et bons détails, bravo la composition est bien aussie
amitiès et merci...JP

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-07-10 2:52]

Hi Sue,
This is an interesting pose that you got of the Curlew.
It looks quite curious trying to ascertain what is going on as it looks in the other direction with a tirn of its head.The details on the bird looks wonderful with good details.
Th capture made in its natural habitat make the shot more interesting.

The plumage in its duotones looks quite interesting and the bird seem to merge very wel, with the surroundings.Very well done.
TFS & cheers

Hi Sue,
What a beautiful and cute bird! which I have not seen before. A perfectly focused and detailed capture with wonderful POV and DOF. TFS.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-11 1:52]

Hi Sue,
lovely backlit effect here and a great timing to catch this interesting, inquisitive pose. The setting amongst all the dead brush is nice too, well done and have a great weekend.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-13 9:53]

Hi Sue

I haven't seen a Bush Stone Curlew before, lovely pose captured here and a nice low POV. Wonderful markings.



Another lovely shot Sue. TFS. Regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-08-15 1:33]

Hello Sue,
very sharp and verey clear image. Very interesting and unique bird with the same colour atmosphere. You captured it well.
Nice composition with the log lying across the photo.


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