Kawk (Rufous Night Heron)

Kawk (the rufous night heron, Nycticorax caledonicus) is a bird similar to bokung (the black bittern, Ixobrychus flavicollus). We see kawk on the banks of rivers, creeks and billabongs waiting for fish. When one comes past, he spears it with his beak and swallows it. Kawk hunts in the nighttime as well as the daytime. We can eat kawk, it’s good meat. We also see kawk sometimes in forest areas, they fly away if we come close.

Nawu Kawk nakka karohrok yiman nabuyika mayhmayh kangeyo Bokung nawu kukak dja barnnangarra djenj kabeneyawan. Kawk karrinan kani kore kukadjid kore kukku kaboyo kamodme djenj kamadbun kanan djenj kamre darnkih wanjh karranjbun kundang kunkeb nuye wanjh kawukme. Kawk nakka namak bu ngad bininj ngarrikukburlerri ngarringun. Karrinan nawern kore kabbal bu Kudjewk dja Kurrung kore mankabo manlabbarl manwanjdjad. Kawk kayawan djenj kangun kukak dja barnnangarra. Kawk mak karrinan kore kungarre bu karrire karrikawon karrolkarren.