This is an odd posting, as the photo is not new. Rather it is because I have just found and transferred to to my external hard drive, some photos taken two years go, at Narooma. I have not ever "processed" these photos before, so now that I have transferred them, I could do that today.
My brother has a house at Dalmeny, near Narooma, and I was delayed in having chemotherapy treatment, and was told to "go on a holiday" (I was definitely not in the mood for a holiday, I can tell you). Anyway, Brendan and Betty put their coast house at my disposal, for which I was grateful.
Brendan also told me that there was a Bush Stone Curlew (Burhinus grallarius) which had made its home behind the Health Centre at Narooma. This was an unusual record, as the bird is regarded as threatened in NSW, especially on the far south coast.This is one block from the lake shore, and just a row of shops from the highway. But it seems quiet enough for this bird. But with lots of cats and dogs in this typical coastal township, I marvel that it survived there at all.
As is typical of this species, it is very "aware" of danger, and adopts a "freeze" posture, to try and make itself invisible. Its camouflage is close to perfect. At this point, I was about 50 metres away from the bird.In this next image, I have "adjusted" the dark settings, to make the bird more easily seen by our eyes. You will see that the bird has very large eyes, which are checking me out very closely indeed.
In this last frame, the bird has decided that I was taking far too much interest in it, and it was "off and away".I have not been back to Narooma in the last two years, and so I do not know if that bird is still alive and well. I do hope so, but I somehow doubt it.