If I were to be asked what the iconic sound of our recent sojourn in the North Pennines had been, then I’d have to say, ‘the plaintive cry of the curlew’.

I won’t say curlews are entirely absent from my part of southern England, but they are rarely heard or seen by me. Up in those North Pennines  it was truly curlew paradise. The call of this large wading bird with its absurdly long curving bill filled the air. It did have competition, for peewits were common and there were also goodly numbers of songbirds including the mistle thrush. But today we’ll concentrate on those curlews.

They may be a common sight but that doesn’t make them easy to photograph. They are shy when it comes to humans and in flight they are fast. But we can have a go, even with a cheap camera.

And there we have one on the moorland between Brough and Middleton in Teesdale.

image002 Later the same day, we had been back to our holiday home and just up the track we spotted this one, perched on a dry stone wall.


This spot was, perhaps, a favourite for this bird for we spotted this wall in regular use.

Just landing at the end of the day.


The camera catches what we could see in the failing light. This curlew was walking along the wall, but we could not discern its long legs so it looked like a floating body moving along.


In flight, all I could get were silhouette images.


What fabulous creatures they are.


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2 Responses to “Curlews”

  1. Janet Says:

    My initial impression is that the silhouette photon is the best.

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