A pair and a spare — three Beach Stone Curlews (Esacus neglectus) on the mud flats beside Rapid Creek in Darwin.
The Beach Stone Curlew (Esacus electus) is in a different genus to the Bush Stone Curlew (Burhinus grallarius) but they share many similarities in size and body shape, call and colouration. While here in Nightcliff they live within a few hundred metres of one another you are most unlikely to see the Beach Stone Curlew anywhere other than in the intertidal zone or somewhere on the beach. Their range extends from mid-way down the Western Australian coast all around the north and down to the border of Victoria. The Beach Stone Curlew has a much larger beak than the Bush Stone Curlew. The Beach Stone Curlew is also found in Malaysia, Philippines to PNG and to Vanuatu in the Pacific.