Thursday, 8 January 2009
Special Birds: Stone Curlew
Stone Curlew Burhinus oedicnemus (aka Eurasian Thick-knee) is a summer visitor, most birds arriving in March and leaving in September-October. In Eastern Europe it's range extends from Hungary southwards through the Balkans where it breeds on dry, short-grass steppes, sandy and stony areas and sometimes arable land in lowlands. In autumn pre-migration small flocks can gather. This photo taken on the Hortobagy, Hungary, is by Gabor Kovacs.