You get close to nature without even trying in North Queensland. The place where we are staying has at least 30 resident curlews. Curlews are nocturnal birds, but they rest around our site during the day. My Dad calls them backward birds (their knees bend backward and their eyes lids close from the bottom up). We know they have been in and amounst our stuff by the parcels that they leave. During the day when I walk close to them they warn me off with noises like chickens (chooks), you know the deep Yoouuuuk, well I guess, youv’e got to know chooks to appreaciate that one. Anyway, as they are nocturnal birds they like to scream during the night. And if you have never head a curlew call during the night, then you may mistake the call for a childs scream. However we are sleeping extremely well !
Mantis Schrimp, Cook Island, April 2010