Bush Stone-curlew

THREATENED SPECIES

I approached this bird too closely as it sat on its nest, causing it to flatten itself in an attempt to evade the perceived threat. A photographer bringing this much distress to a wild animal is reprehensible – but my intention was to illustrate exactly why the Bush Stone-curlew is now on the Red List as ‘Near Threatened’, with a decreasing population. At the approach of a passing Fox or Cat they sit tight, just like this!

Royal Darwin Hospital, Northern Territory

Canon EOS 3, 500mm L series, 1/60, f5.6, Ekt Elite 100 ASA film

Status: The Bush Stone-curlew is a resident of open forest and woodland. It is listed as NearThreatened.

by Raoul Slater, Queensland