Eskimo Curlew

Eskimo Curlew Numenius borealis


On the 28th June I photographed a flock of Curlews Numenius
arquata
 which flew up in front of me. At this time of the year
thousands of Curlews gather on the mudflats of Oostvoorne to
undergo a complete moult.
A tiny tawny-coloured Eskimo Curlew 
Numenius borealis flew
amidst the birds I photographed. The last known picture of a
live Eskimo Curlew was taken in April 1962 in Texas by Don Bleitz.
There are no pictures known of live birds taken in Europe of this
now extremely rare species , in fact the last reported occurrence
in Europe dates from September 1887 when a bird was shot on
the Isles of Scilly, England. 
‘Damn few and they’re not all deid.’

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