Monday, 13 November 2006

The curlew's call part II

The ABC web site has a sound file of a bush stone-curlew (although the species name on the file is the beach stone-curlew). You can listen to it here. (Be patient—the download is a bit slow.) Imagine a dozen of these underneath your bedroom window at midnight and you've got a good idea of what it's like on Magnetic Island.

6 comments:

Shorty CreeKI said...

When we are on Kangaroo Island, we do fall asleep listening to the curlews calling.

It is a magnificent sound I think.

Some of our visitors found their call took a little getting used to, as they brought the associations of some aboriginal stories to it.

Snail said...

They are extraordinary. I'm fascinated by them. I'm not sure why they've done okay in Townsville and surrounds but haven't fared so well elsewhere.

Dark Orange said...

We have a lot at Yeppoon, and Great Keppel Island. Although their calls of the local family are slightly different. Instead of the long mournful wail, ours whoop it up, like a cross between a Koel and a Plover.

Geoff_D said...

I remember my first night on Magnetic Island, aged 10. I thought a baby was being tortured out in the bush somewhere. My grandad had 'pet' curlews that would come into his front yard just after dusk; we would have to sit very still on the verandah while they wandered about.

Snail said...

It's such a privilege to have wild animals about the place, Geoff.

tapperboy said...

Thanks so much for adding this sound file.