Widespread in dry regions of North Africa and the Middle East, this is the only courser to have reached Europe. A number of records are listed for Britain, but we had a long wait, having just missed the 1984 Norfolk bird the next was on Scilly in 2006. That bird stayed for a considerable time, and hundreds of photos of it must have been taken, including at least one with a mobile phone! By way of a change, the left hand bird is an adult, taken in the Cape Verde Islands, where an endemic race is resident. Excuse the heat haze!

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