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Specie: Stone Curlew bird
Location: Warsaw ZOO, Poland

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: 28.08.2009
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lens: Tamron SP AF 70-200 mm f/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO
1/640s * F/3,2 * 200mm * ISO200

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  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Looks a little freaky. Great capture.

  • Thanks. When he stares at you with his really big eye it’s kinda freaky. :)

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  • NancyC
  • Thank you Nancy!!

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Cheers!

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  • margotk
    margotkabout 4 years ago

    Excellent shot!

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 3 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work
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  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful image! Great detail and color!

  • Thank you. :)

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