eastern curlew

eastern curlew

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Curlews are large waders with long down-curved bills. This Eastern Curlew is a common migrant from eastern Asia and inhabits a coastal strip right around mainland Australia and Tasmania favouring mudflats, mangroves, islands, estuaries and sandpits. I spotted this one on a birding outing at Urunga boardwalk that meanders across sand-flats into mangroves.