Monday, 12 September 2011

Meeting the Bush Stone-curlew

I saw three Stone Bush-curlews at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. They are related to waders but they are actually terrestrial and found on any habitat with ground litter, from rain forests to open woodland, their face expression are very interesting and ever changing. As many other Australian animals they were not scared by close observers, probably because they rely on their camouflage and stillness, I was surprised to read that they are nocturnal birds ( no wonder the big eyes) in fact they looked kinda sleepy. After a bit of research I found a few interesting aboriginal stories related to the Bush Stone-curlew, you can read more following this link:
English: Bush Stone-curlew
Latin: Burhinus grallarius
Italian: Occhione willaroo
Aboriginal: Willaroo
Ps:  the feathers by the sketch are real, taped on the page. 
There will be more about these birds on this blog in the future...
Until next time!               Matteo


  1. That's marvelous, you sure can do it, the Dush Stoe-Curlew is one of the best.

  2. They make amazing, scary, unearthly cries in the night. I hear them sometimes in the cemetery opposite my house, it sounds like a massacre! I love your painting. Karen

  3. beautiful sketches!!Tonight Stone-curlews are singing in front of my windows! They are beautiful, mysterious and fascinating birds!! see my blog!

  4. Hi Matteo,
    Your Willaroo drawing is fantastic.
    I have watched some documentaries about Australian Parrots and I'm fascinated. They reminded me of your paintings. It would be great watching them on the spot. I dream of visiting Australian.

  5. beautiful work, Matteo, I've never seen one.. keep up the amazing work, take care,Diana

  6. Matteo- what a lovely sketch- I really enjoy your work

  7. Hi Matteo, as usual your work is superb, I can only look in wonder and envy.

  8. I like your blog. Keep it up so that we may know more about the Animals life of Australia.


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