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Gary Martin | all galleries >> British birds > Curlew
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09-JUN-2006 Gary Martin


Skomer Island

Numenius arquata
AKA: Eurasian curlew
The curlew is the largest European wading bird, instantly recognisable on winter estuaries or summer moors with its long down-curved bill, brown upperparts and long legs. There have been worrying breeding declines in many areas largely due to loss of habitat through agricultural intensification. It is included on the Amber List as a bird with important breeding and wintering populations in the UK. (Info from

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/800s f/6.3 at 400.0mm iso200 full exif

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karim cooper 03-Feb-2014 06:08
when I lived in england as a boy I loved hearing their wonderful warbling if one can call it that ? it was a most unusual song as they sort of hung in the air whilst emitting this musical call one I shall never forget in my lifetime they are truly wonderful birds and deserve protection.
Ken cooper
Tricia 31-Jan-2014 16:11
Saw one Curlew on the banks of the Tyne when the tide was out . What a treat ! Thursday 30th January 2014 at 11 am
robert burns 07-Dec-2010 13:42
spotted a curlew in my backyard today in the westend of glasgow we had put some food out and it came down to feed nice sight to see. tues 6/12/10.
Mary Flavelle 17-Oct-2010 19:44

Spotted a small flock of around 20 Curlew in Selsey near the Golf Club - quite happily wandering in the fields sharing the space with crows and horses October 2010
Pam 28-Jan-2010 18:27
see today on the seafront at East Cowes IOW
Guest 07-Jan-2010 14:07
thanks have been searching to see what these birds were after seeing them in a field across from my house there were 3 of them .
Dave Hendry 03-Jan-2010 11:43
Two families of Curlews feeding on the banks of the River Humber in East Yorkshire 3/01/10 10.30am
paul richardson 09-Jun-2009 15:16
In Goosnargh, Lancashire, I saw a couple of Curlews grazing in a hayfield this morning. June 9th 2009. Thank you for helping me to identify it.
Sue Pattison 26-May-2009 12:42
Hi, I have seen a nesting pair recently in long grass in fields near a motorway near my home.
West Park estste, Darlington County Durham.