As I lowered the camera, I focused on a shadowy shape under a bush quite some way off. I zoomed in and saw that it was a Spotted Thick-knee.
Spotted Thick-knee resting in the shade
The Spotted Thick-knee is a brown plover-like bird with a large head and large yellow eyes. The upper-parts are mottled brown giving a spotted appearance and the underparts are paler and streaked, especially on the breast.
Spotted Thick-knees feed in the morning, in the early evening and at night. They occur in dry rocky scrub and bush country. During the day they can be found resting in the shade of bushes and trees.
Note how well it's camouflaged; I was thrilled to have "spotted" it!
I'm linking my post to Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Stewart Monckton here
Here's wishing you all a Happy Wednesday.
such fantastic eyes!ReplyDelete
Handsome bird and one I've never see before!! Great captures for the day, Jo, as always!! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyDelete
Really marvelous that you spotted the bird! It's a very pretty one, and has such a large eye...unusual.ReplyDelete
That was well spotted and great shots of it. No dog update?ReplyDelete
Hello JO, I love this cute bird. It does have pretty eyes.. Great shots, enjoy your day!ReplyDelete
What a great bird. Similar and of the same family as our Stone Curlew. Superb pictures.ReplyDelete
Like Adam, we have the same bird here in Far North Queensland, Australia called the Bush Stone Curlew ~ nocturnal and sit under cover during the day. They have the most curdling cry.ReplyDelete
thanks for my first view of this bird.. his knees don't look thick to me. HA Ha.. he is camouflaged perfectly.ReplyDelete
The eyes look enormous.ReplyDelete
hahahahah.... even the title was funny.....and look at those eyes!!ReplyDelete
We have nothing like that in Michigan.ReplyDelete
I don't know why but I find them to be very special birds. Perhaps you don't get to see them that oftenReplyDelete