Bush Stone Curlew – Bush Thick-knee sighting

One of the great rewards of protecting our natural environment and planting trees is seeing the return of birdlife that we remember from our childhood. On our farm last week my husband saw a bush thick-knee and 2 chicks. Unfortunately they are no longer as commonly seen as they were years ago. They are a large bird that stands on long, gangly legs. They live in open woodlands and like lots of fallen branches and litter on the ground for foraging, shelter and camouflage. They are most active at night and I recall in my childhood hearing their characteristic wailing ‘weer-lo’ at night time. Foxes are one of the main predators of the chicks and eggs.

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