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Stone Curlew – Lanzarote

In the valley just below El Mojon , on Lanzarote I encountered 5 Stone Curlews on the first morning visit. On subsequent visits I saw a pair. There were also many pairs out in the sand plains of Famarra. Although the number of species of birds on the island is limited it is blessed with a range of open grassland/desert birds that are hard to see in Northern Europe. I have watched Stone Curlews in the Brecks, in Central France and in the winter in the great plains of Extramadura.

They are strange looking yet wonderful birds. Thick knee-ed, with that huge yellow eye their plumage matches the the stony, sandy terrain they frequent.

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