Goldfields Bird ID

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 15:36
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Hi folks,

I was wondering if anyone could ID this bird for me? It has been a frequent visitor at our workshop over the past week. It does not appear to be injured and comes and goes of its own accord. It makes some very interesting noises when you approach it. We leave water out for it as we think it's likely sheltering from the extreme heat up here, it's been mid 40's pretty solidly for the past week and a bit. Goldfields region W.A.

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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:20

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:20
Looks like a Curlew, Craig.

They do make some "interesting" noises. :-)

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Reply By: birdnerd - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:21

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:21
Hi Cruiser74. Looks like a bush-stone Curlew. Lovely little bird.
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Reply By: Member - Cruiser74 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:24

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:24
Thanks! I had seen pictures of it before but could not for the life of me remember the name. Mystery solved :)
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Follow Up By: birdnerd - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:33

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:33
Me neither! Had seen them a lot on our travels but had to look up the bird app.
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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:37

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:37
Interesting that they are nocturnal and he's hanging about during the day. Looks like this is his defensive pose they display when feeling threatened so even more interesting that he keeps coming back!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:42

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 16:42
He probably thinks you can't see him when he's like that, eh? :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Cruiser74 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:15

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 19:15
Hi Bob,

Yeah, a bit like my staff try to do when smoko's over!
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:39

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:39
Ha ha, like that, Craig.

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Follow Up By: Bob R4 - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:44

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 21:44
What bird? He's obviously made himself invisible. Can't you see that!
Just another of our beautiful feathered aussies.
Bob
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Follow Up By: mike39 - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:54

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 07:54
As bush fids growing up in the 50's we knew them as a "thick knee"
Yeah, that midnight wail can certainly raise goose bumps.
mike
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Reply By: Road Warrior - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 17:33

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 17:33
Yeah that's his defensive posture or trick he uses to lure predators away from his nest.
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:40

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:40
I used to have 17 in my yard on Magnetic Island.

When we ate dinner outside they would surround us and stand perfectly still.

They used to sit in the dirt like that one and you couldn't see them, and if you walked up to them they would hiss at you, which I thought was really funny.

The worst point about them is that they used to start up their blood curdling screams at about 1AM outside our bedroom and the whole 17 would join in.

Apparently the aboriginals used to reckon that it was the sound of a mother who had just discovered her child is dead.
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Follow Up By: Rangiephil - Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:43

Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 at 20:43
BTW while they usually eat grubs and bugs, they are very partial to chips, and would often visit the local fish and chip shop and beg for chips, resulting in several chasing the chip bearer around the tables.
Regards Philip A
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Reply By: Member - David M (SA) - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:36

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:36
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Follow Up By: Member - David M (SA) - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:53

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 10:53
Caption got lost some where.

"No I,m not a bird, I,m a branch, now bugger off!.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 12:07

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 at 12:07
Caption is there, Dave.

Just need to click on photo to enlarge it, and all revealed. :-). Good photo too!

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