The Faroe Islands are awash with marvellous sea birds - puffins, great auks, arctic auks, guillemots, razorbills, arctic terns, great black-backed gulls, the ubiquitous oyster catchers - but it was a land bird which I was most thrilled to see. I don't think I'd ever come across a curlew so close up. But from my hotel window, looking out on a pocket of moorland overlooking the capital, I could see a pair of curlews, hear their memorably shrill alarm call and witness them trying to fend off a carrion crow.
Anu took all the photos of birds on this post. We took a stroll through the moorland, and the curlews appeared on cue. That beak!
And here's a photo taken from roughly the same spot looking out over Torshavn, the capital.
And the puffins? Here we go ...
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