This is a curlew.  I can’t tell you a whole lot about this bird except that it is nocturnal and makes a very loud, distinct screeching call.  The call sounds like a long scream and at night, it can sometimes be mistaken for a girl screaming if you are not aware.  I had been warned of this and the first time I heard it I still thought that it was a person until about the third call.  Being nocturnal, these are the main noises that I would hear at night in Australia.  At first, it is difficult to get used to, but after a while it became just another sound of Australia that has come to remind me of my time there.

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