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Location: ZOO, Warsaw, Poland
Specie: Stone Curlew

The Stone-curlews, also known as Dikkops or Thick-knees are a group of largely tropical birds in the family Burhinidae. Despite the group being classified as waders, most species have a preference for arid or semi-arid habitats. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone, with some species also breeding in temperate Europe and Australia.

They are medium to large birds with strong black or yellow black bills, large yellow eyes—which give them a reptilian appearance—and cryptic plumage. The names Thick-knee and Stone-curlew are both in common use, the preference among authorities for one term or the other varying from year to year. The term Stone-curlew owes its origin to the broad similarities with true curlews (which are not closely related).

They are largely nocturnal, particularly when singing their loud wailing songs, which are reminiscent of true curlews. The diet consists mainly of insects and other invertebrates. Larger species will also take lizards and even small mammals.

Date taken: 11.05.2012
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/2000s * F/3.2 * 200mm * ISO800

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  • BGSPhoto
    BGSPhotoalmost 2 years ago

    Dominika, Beautiful bird portrait. It has such an interesting eye, almost like it is in a cup.

  • Thank you very much! I love their look with this huge eye.

    – Dominika Aniola

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Dominika!

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • andy551
    andy551almost 2 years ago

    wow! It’s so cool…love it

  • Thank you :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    this is beautiful. nicely done ;)

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Sandra Fortier
    Sandra Fortieralmost 2 years ago

    Interesting bird and very well captured!

  • Thank you very much :))

    – Dominika Aniola

  • MissFrosty
    MissFrostyalmost 2 years ago

  • Cheers!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • margotk
    margotkalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Thanks Margot :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

  • Cheers!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    So very sweet!

  • Thank you :)

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Wonderful work.. with gorgeous colourful detail

  • Thanks Larry :)

    – Dominika Aniola

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