I shall never forget my first encounter with the Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami)
They are a strange looking bird, appearing to have been made from pieces of other animals!
They have the body of a Black Swan, the vibrant colours of a parrot, the neck and wattle of a turkey, the bald head and the beak of a vulture and a strange vertical fan of tail feathers tail resembling a Shark’s tail
I met this fellow in woods near Barron Falls, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia and spent some quality time in his company until he wandered into a pool of light into the undergrowth, when I took this shot
They make huge mounds of earth and vegetation up to 4ft high and 13ft across and the male controls the size to maintain incubation temperature
A truly fascinating bird!