large bill; distinct face pattern; black bar on wing (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Beach Stone-curlew
Esacus neglectus

Native Range: Australian Region and Oriental Region

Notes: stone-curlews are also known as "thick-knees" because they do indeed apear to have thick knees (although this is actually the ankle joint); this beach-dwelling species has a distinctive facial pattern as well as a bold black stripe on the wing; less nocturnal than most other stone -curlews; no sexual dimorphism.

frontal view; yellow iris; creamy underparts (Australia; 2006-06-20)