We had a visitor to the garden - an Australian Brush-turkey (scientific name: Alectura lathami). I noticed him/her scratching about in the rainforest area when I went to feed the chickens so raced inside to get the camera. Not great shots I'm afraid. I was trying not to scare it away.
The Australian brush turkey incubates its eggs in a large mound. The male usually builds a single large mound of organic matter, approximately 4 m in diameter and 1 m high. Eggs are laid by several females in a single mound. The eggs are incubated by the heat given off by the rotting vegetation. The male maintains a constant temperature of 33 - 38°C by digging holes in the mound and inserting his bill to check the heat, then adding and removing vegetable matter as required. After hatching, the chicks burrow out of the mound, at which point they are left to fend for themselves. These hatchlings are fully feathered and are able to walk and fend for themselves immediately. Remarkably, they are able to fly just a few hours after hatching.
A standard garden can be stripped by a mound-building male brush turkey in less than a day. If you disturb or move the mound during the day, the male will probably rebuild it in the same location the next day persisting in a location until the end of the breeding season. So you can imagine the damage they can do to a garden.
As long as it stays in the rainforest area or under the bamboo it won't damage too much in our garden, so I'd actually love it to take up residence. We have lots of leaf litter for a mound, so he is welcome to borrow some of it.
Our visitor was a juvenile I think. It doesn't yet have the large yellow crop of the adult male.
My creeping around with the camera wasn't quiet enough obviously, because it saw me and took off.
It's checked out the supply of leaf litter .
It may return. It may not. I'm hoping it will.