|Posted on April 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM|
birds : A big surprise today when I was munching on my sarnies at the Shingle Bank at L'Eree. An old geezer came up to me and asked me if I'd come down to see the Stone Curlew. After coughing up a piece of sliced white, he explained to me that they had been on a bird walk earlier with some friends and had found this bird plodding around with the Whimbrels. And sure enough a quick scan and there it was sat amongst the pebbles - quite a bright bird. I couldn't get too close as people were on their way to see it but I took a few snaps.
Stone Curlew, L'Eree - "Do my knees look thick in this?"
This is the first Stone Curlew I have seen for ages and ages, almost exactly 10 years ago I think, when I found a bird on this very same beach on 15th April 2000. Although, come to think of it, I may have had a few in Norfolk a couple of years later. Still a rarity in Guernsey (despite this being the second this year) they have been seen only 3 times here since the mid-80's.