On an empty field near our house in the middle of suburbia I spotted this Spotted Dikkop squatting in the dry grass on its thick knees - not moving away from me and the dogs. After taking the photo, I quickly moved off but later, looking at the photo, I noticed that it has two extra pairs of little legs underneath. The chicks must have been sheltering from the heat - although today is a bit cooler with a chilly southeaster wind blowing.
All our birds have been given official common names to integrate into the rest of the world and this ones new name is ''Spotted Thick-knee"- rather a silly name - I wish they had chosen the more poetic "Stone-curlew" as the official common name.
1 year ago