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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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  • andy551
    andy551about 2 years ago

    Really fantastic capture !!!!!

  • Dziękuję :))

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  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoabout 2 years ago

    Great capture!!

  • Thank you!! :)

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  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 2 years ago

    Cool capture Dominika…Great detail in photo and info…:))

  • Thank you Thomas :)

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  • julie08
    julie08about 2 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Thank you Julie :)

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  • casa
    casaabout 2 years ago

    Great moment! – love it!

  • Thank you :))

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  • peaky40
    peaky40about 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Dominika, love the eye!

  • Thank you!! :) yes, he’s eye is very eye-catching lol!

    – Dominika Aniola

  • Wojciech Dabrowski
    Wojciech Dabro...about 2 years ago

    Fantastic capture!!!

  • Thank you :))

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  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 2 years ago

    i think we have these in australia – wonderful pic dominika !

  • Thanks Dean :))

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  • Normf
    Normfabout 2 years ago

    I’ve been lucky enough to see these in the wild, amazing birds but shy and cryptic!

  • They didn’t look shy in the zoo. I envy you to have an opportunity to see them in the wild. :)

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  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciabout 2 years ago


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