Albino Curlew in County Clare, Ireland

We recently showed a picture by Brian Clasper of a leucistic Curlew on its breeding grounds at Upper Teesdale.  Brian mentioned that a near albino bird wintered in Ireland.  Thanks to Tom Murtagh we have now received pictures of what must be the same bird at its wintering area at Bishops Quarter Beach in County Clare. As another distinguished ornithologist with Irish connections comments: ‘Adult Curlews can have few natural predators, as this bird has survived so long!’

Thank you to Tom Murtagh for permission to publish his photos.

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