Stone-Curlew (Eurasian Thick-knee) Burhinus oedicnemus

A rare breeding bird in the UK, the majority of pairs being in the Brecks on the Norfolk/Suffolk border where Weeting Heath NWT reserve is the best-known site to see them. In autumn they congregate in large flocks (over 100 possible) before the majority head off south for the winter (with a few staying behind in recent years). The species is much commoner in southern Europe.

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Stone-Curlews, Brecks (Norfolk, UK), 9th April 2011

 

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Stone-Curlews, north of Candasnos (Aragón, Spain), 17th May 2013

 

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Stone-Curlews, Brecks (Suffolk, UK), 4th May 2009

 

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Stone-Curlew, Azinhal (Algarve, Portugal), 29th April 2006

 

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Stone-Curlews, Brecks (Norfolk, UK), 24th September 2011 - part of a flock of at least 105!

 

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Stone-Curlew, between Mértola and Castro Verde (Alentejo, Portugal), 25th April 2006