Spotted Thick-knee by salza

Spotted Thick-knee

In the open field across the road from my house are a group of Spotted Thick-knees. Some days there are as many as eight. They re also known as Spotted Dikkop or Cape Thick-knee

Some info re these lovely birds:
The spotted thick-knee, which can reach up to 45.5 cm (17.9 in) in height, has long legs and brown-and-white speckled plumage which provides camouflage, making it difficult to spot the bird in the grasslands and savannas where it roams. Its head is large and round with a prominent yellow eye and a short, stout beak. When in flight or standing in a characteristic position with its wings raised, it shows a striking contrasting pattern. Its legs are long and yellow and the tibiotarsal joint is expanded, giving it the name "thick-knee".
They are mainly nocturnal and squat on the ground during the daytime, making them difficult to spot. They hunt exclusively on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals and lizards. (info courtesy of Wikipedia)
Great capture
April 7th, 2020  
Beautiful shot.
April 7th, 2020  
Great capture, love those eyes.
April 7th, 2020  
Fabulous shot Sally!
April 7th, 2020  
@ludwigsdiana thanks Diana, they finally allowed me to take a few photos.
April 7th, 2020  
Beautiful
April 7th, 2020  
This is such a great picture.
April 7th, 2020  
Beautiful bird and capture
April 7th, 2020  
Great tones, textures
April 7th, 2020  
beautiful capture, they are quite lovely and those eyes!
April 7th, 2020  
Great shot, he does have a rather startled expression on his face.
April 7th, 2020  
Great photo, thanks for the information, very interesting.
April 8th, 2020  
fascinating bird. Great capture of its detail and colour.
April 8th, 2020  
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