When ensconced recently in a caravan in northern New South Wales , Denise and I were visited every day by a bush turkey , also known as a brush turkey . These girls and boys are very common on the east coast of Australia , even in Brisbane , where they make pests of themselves by scratching through peoples veggie gardens , looking for food .
We had two of them , Mr and Mrs , regularly patrolling the caravan park . I went into the scrub to find their nest , as I reasoned there had to be one . I found it not far into the bush . They basically build a large mound , bury the eggs , and wait until they hatch . The mound keeps the eggs at a constant temperature . If you visit any of the National Parks , or even small rest areas , you will usually find a scrub turkey or two wandering around the place .
They are quite harmless , just don’t leave any food unattended , as they may want a taste .