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Bush Stone-curlew

Bush Stone-curlew
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Australia 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-13 4:51
Viewed: 4148
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We found a pair of Bush Stone-curlew (Esacus neglectus) in a picnic area west of Macaky. Stone-curlew are nocturnal ground-dwelling birds that inhabit open woodland and through much of Australia except for the arid interior. Once common in the south of the continent, their populations suffered after the introduction of the Red Fox in the ealy 1900s. The fox has not spread into the tropics and so the Stone-curlew population has thrived around urban areas and farmland.
They are quite a large bird standing just over a metre tall (3 ft).Although they are strong fliers, it is quite rare to see them in flight due to their nocturnal habit. Nevertheless, its is quite surreal to encounter these birds in urban parklands at night when they run along footpaths and other open areas near street lights preying on insects attracted to these areas.
During the day they often rest by lying on the ground adjacent to the trunks of trees with a dense canopy and can be difficult to see. They nest of the ground and although their chicks are well camouflaged, they are easy prey for foxes and domestic cats in the more temperate parts of the continent.

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Hello Chris, my today's neighborou :)
Very nice capture of this cute bird species. I like a lot shape of body in this species and the way in which you presented it. It is nice to know that so interesting and original birds can be seen during picnic time ;>
Greetings from Poland,

Thats an odd looking bird Chris.
I wouldn't have picked it as a Curlew.
Most have big downcurved beaks don't they?
Then I guess most things out of Oz are pretty odd ;)
Great shot mate!

Hello Chris,

Very nice picture of this "tall" an slender bird. Moreover I think your POV and your tight crop emphasize its shape. Very good composition. Good natural colours.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-13 9:04]

Hello Chris, a beautiful capture, well composed, great technique and a very niceresult! Well done, thanks!


Hi My friend, what a beautiful bird whic I have not seen before. It seems elegant:) Great capture! Thanks for showing this us. Have a nice Sunday!


Hi Chris,
Excellent capture of this Bush Stone-curlew with good pose and composition, sharp details and nicely blurred BG.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-09-13 22:46]

Hi Chris,

You have made a fine photo of this bird. You had good eye contact with the bird despite backward POV. Image is sharp showing fine details of the plumage. Color rendering is well don showing natural looking color tones.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2008-09-13 23:17]

strange bird. i think that Romania have a similar species called "Pasarea Ogorului" in romanian, but I think now is extinct or very rare.

Hi Chris,
a real beauty, this bird emanating such "dignity" and even "mourning". All is topped by the excellent composition of the image, the dead leaves are all upturned, they create some kind of a movement to the left. Of course I've never seen a Bush stone curlew before. In Europe we have the similar but much smaller Burhinus oedicnemus in the Mediterranean region.
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-14 1:51]

Hello Chris, Very nice shot.This is the first time I am seeing something for the first time. nice view and good composition Ganesh

Hi Chris, lovely bird in nice pose with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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