Bird Photography Weekly #38

Water Thick-knee
Water Thick-knee

One from the archives this week, as I haven’t been able to get any photos this weekend.

Last year I saw this Water Thick-knee at Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park. You’ll find Water Thick-knees in Africa in wetlands and riverine areas. Although they are mainly nocturnal, you will see them during the day too, usually on river and lake edges. The male and female have the same plumage and colours.

As you can see they have huge eyes. This one particularly looks as if the whole world has just turned against him.

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12 comments

  1. Great photo and very interesting post. Here in Australia we have two birds called “thick knees” as well. One lives on the beach and one inland. Different from your bird of course but with similar thick knees.

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  2. Great shot. Thick-knees always look like they've got a lot on their minds, don't they? The ones we saw the Gambia looked particularly troubled. Your guy looks to me like he's plotting something!

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  3. Neat looking bird, I was thinking that is one big eye, then I finished reading your post and found that it really is.

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  4. Very interesting bird Gwen. Excellent capture. The huge eye makes for an unusual looking bird for sure. Almost like a raptor eye but , as you say, rather sad looking.

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