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|A pair of Eurasian Thick-knees, they were totally camouflaged and I was not able to see them until our jeep reached very close (a few meters). A hot afternoon sun perhaps made them sit for a while and they did not run-away or fly even when our jeep passed by.|
They are from a group of birds known as thick-knees or stone-curlews (of which this species is a member).
The Stone Curlew or Eurasian Stone-curlew Burhinus oedicnemus is a northern species of the Burhinidae (stone-curlew) bird family.
Indian race, sometimes considered a separate species Burhinus indicus.
It is a medium-sized wader with a strong yellow and black beak, large yellow eyes (which give it a "reptilian", or "goggle-eyed" appearance), and cryptic plumage. The bird is striking in flight, with black and white wing markings.
Despite being classed as a wader, this species prefers dry open habitats with some bare ground. It is largely nocturnal, particularly when singing its loud wailing songs, which are reminiscent of that of curlews. Food consists of insects and other small invertebrates. It will also take small reptiles and rodents. It lays 2-3 eggs in a narrow scrape in the ground.
The stone curlew occurs throughout Europe, north Africa and southwestern Asia. It is a summer migrant in the more temperate European and Asian parts of its range, wintering in Africa.
Species: B. oedicnemus
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- [2011-05-05 8:53]
A very nice ans rare specie taken very well in a difficult light,it seems a case of camouflage very well done..ehhe...very good sharpness and focus,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.
Excellent shot of these birds with great sharpness.
The eye contact is great. Well done & TFS.
it is really very difficult to notice in nature. you did it and post for us. very nice capture with optimum detail and colour. real natural BG is enhance and establish the beauty of these bird.