The Cream-colored Courser, ''Cursorius cursor'', is a wader in the pratincole and courser family, Glareolidae. Although classed as waders, these are birds of dry open country, preferably semi-desert, where they typically hunt their insect prey by running on the ground.
Similar species: Shorebirds And Allies
Uploaded Oct 9, 2021. Captured Sep 14, 2021 11:00 in Unnamed Road, 35558 Teguise, Las Palmas, Spain.
I've been fascinated with coursers for a long time, and they've eluded me in multiple places. I finally saw my first ones a few years ago in South Africa, but I had yet to see the only one that occurs in the Western Palearctic.
As it turns out, they're quite common on the sandy plains of Lanzarote, and I was surprised to find them in large family groups - on my first morning I saw 16 of them!
If this bird looks a bit puzzled, it's because he was looking at our car with telephoto lenses coming out of every window, with the rattle of high-speed photo bursts sounding rather incongruous in the quiet steppe! Posted one year ago