Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thick-knees stand up to pesky peafowl

Rare standoff pits Bush Thick-knees (Burhinus grallarius) against possibly predatory or maybe merely inquisitive Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) in Ingham suburbia beside Tyto Wetlands yesterday. 

Flurry of wings followed before intruder departed to its own backyard nearby and left junior in relative safety.

Thick-knees are endangered in southern Australia but more than cope against cats, dogs, snakes and other birds here in the north. What's missing here? Foxes. Too simple? Yes, but I'd argue a big factor.

And another thing: Blogger in draft image uploads out today for two hours. Back up, and insert problems worse than ever. Seems odd the generous giant can't get such little things right.

And reply to CygnetBurger: why not right click on the image, save it, resize it to suit and then do whatever you wish with it on Facebook? Willie awaits .   
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mick said...

A very interesting 'stand-off' and the photo of the chick is great. I heard from a friend that there were Bush T-ks living around the units in a seniors' village right in Brisbane. Last time I heard one bird had actually raised young ones and was carefully teaching them their way around the village!

Tyto Tony said...

Some even report them on Briz nature strips. I did years ago see pair in the botanic gardens there.

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