Bush stone-curlews (thick-knees) love suburban lawns. Five of them were sunning themselves in the garden late yesterday afternoon. (The fifth took exception to being on camera, so sidled out of shot to the left.)
Their camouflage is remarkable. They might stand out on a verdant lawn, but are difficult to see against a background of sun-dried vegetation or dead leaves. Often the only give-away is one large, yellow eye peering out from what looks like a mass of leaf litter and fallen eucalypt bark.
I was looking at something up in the trees, so I didn't see this stone-curlew near the shed. I was only a metre away before the bird gave up relying on its camouflage, jumped to its feet and hissed at me. Then it fled...two metres. It then settled down again in a spot where it could catch the sun on one side and the warmth of the corrugated iron on the other. Well, would you give up a spot like that?
As always, click on the pics to embiggen.