Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Titchwell Beach, Norfolk England.
1st November. Titchwell RSPB reserve, Norfolk England. (Also seen: Thailand)
It wasn't until we reached the beach that we actually saw one of these although we had heard several calling by that time. They were typically randomly spread along the beach in amongst other species.
As the name implies this species is a widespread breeder across Europe and Asia and two subspecies are recognised arquata which we saw at Titchwell and orientalis which we saw in Thailand. Their wintering quarters are widespread along coasts of the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia. They are a permanent presence in the UK being here year round.
|Titchwell Beach, Norfolk, England.|
|Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales.|
|Titchwell RSPB reserve, Norfolk, England.|
|Lam Pak Bia, Petchaburi, Thailand.|
For further information about Eurasian Curlew see:
Birdlife International species factsheet: http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=3012
Internet Bird Collection: http://ibc.lynxeds.com/species/eurasian-curlew-numenius-arquata