This bird is about 45cm long and is a member of the 'mound builders' group. These birds scrape together huge mounds of vegetation in which they lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch, the young birds dig their way to the surface and rush off into the nearest cover. They receive no care from the parents at all - they are on their own from day one!
These birds are know as Megapodius reinwaardt - which reflects their big feet and the Dutch ornithologist who named them. This species is found along the northern edge of Australia, but can also be found on some of the islands of Indonesia.
As you can see from these pictures, these birds could do some serious harm to your garden beds!
I hope that normal service will restored this week - so spread the word far and wide and get as many people as possible to link up. Cheers. SM