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Beach thicknee        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Thicknees (sometimes called 'stone curlews') are found in much of the world, but not in North America.   All look like big, long-legged plovers, usually highly camouflaged, with big, staring eyes.   Australia has two species, the scarce coastal beach thicknee shown here and the much more common bush thicknee.  Beach thicknees, as their name implies, are found on beaches and mudflats, generally far away from people, on the continent's northern coastlines.   I photographed these on a hot, muggy November day in Darwin in the Northern Territory -- they were a long way off and these photos are highly cropped.

  • Canon 7D2; 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter (2015)