Friday, June 12, 2009

The Grand Old Double-striped Thick-knee

Double-striped thick-knees are a lot like the Grand Old Duke of York of nursery rhyme fame. You see, when they are up they are up....

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when they are down they are down....
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and when they are only halfway up they are neither up nor down.

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Charlie's Bustard post, which referred to stone curlews, reminded me to post this. These guys are of the Venezuelan equivalent of the stone curlew and share the genus Burhinus with 5 other similar species. A pair of them was running around the pasture opposite the crocodile nest at our hotel (talk about options paralysis). I think these guys are fabulous - those huge liquid golden eyes, curious expressions and that running gait make them one of those birds that works wonderfully but looks a little bit like it was designed by committee. They don't just run around being awesome though - next week I'll show you what else they do.

2 comments:

John said...

That bird has a great facial expression - especially in the first picture.

tai haku said...

I really like the first expression too - kind of a "what you lookin' at" face