Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 20, 2016

Beach Stone-curlew

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Urunga.

Urunga is at the mouth of the Bellinger River. There is a footbridge that goes from the caravan park, across the lagoon, and up to the south end of the river mouth.

Urunga Lagoon Footbridge
Urunga Lagoon Footbridge.

Urunga
Looking west towards Urunga and the hinterlands

The Beach Stone-curlew (also known as the Beach Thick-knee) inhabits open undisturbed beaches, exposed reefs, tidal mudflats and coastal lagoons. It’s range extends along the coast of Australia north from Nambucca Heads to Shark Bay.

Beach Stone-curlew
Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus neglectus)

This is the first time I had ever seen of these things, so I was quite excited. I could not believe it at first. I thought it was a white-faced heron but had a double take, then knew what it was, scrambled for my camera, and went madly snapping away until it flew off.

Beach Stone-curlew
Beach Stone-curlew (Esacus neglectus)

I could not work out what was happening with the bill. There was a great big hole in it and it seemed to be all bent and twisted.

2 Comments »

  1. Great shot of curlew, thanks

    Comment by Su — June 20, 2016 @ 9:07 am

  2. thank you. It was a big tick for me..

    cheers,
    steve

    Comment by admin — June 23, 2016 @ 1:01 am

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