Cape Thicknee on an egg

Cape Thicknee on an egg

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Credit: TONY CAMACHO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Spotted thicknee, Spotted dikkop or Cape thick-knee (Burhinus capensis), incubating an egg on the ground. This bird is anatomically related to shorebirds, but it has the appearance and habits of a bustard. It is a ground-dwelling bird that lives in arid grasslands and desert areas in southern Africa. The spotted dikkop is most active at dawn, dusk and during the night when it feeds on insects, lizards and small rodents. It has long legs and prefers to run from predators, though it can fly. It lays its egg in an open nest on the ground. Photographed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park of Botswana and South Africa.

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