Curlew Cam 2021 - Now live!

Curlew Cam is the very first live Curlew nest camera, set up originally in 2017 by Curlew Country. We have continued to stream Curlew Cam each year since, offering a rare glimpse into the nesting habits of these secretive British wading birds. The video footage has captured the hearts and minds of people both nationally and internationally.

Curlew Cam 2021 is sponsored by the Curlew Recovery Partnership, and we hope you enjoy following along with this pair’s journey! 

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Our thanks go to Chris, Dan, Ben, and Sam from SWS Broadband and Peter Dobson at Carnyx Wild for their continued help to get the live nest camera up and running each year. 

Curlew Cam

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34 thoughts on “Curlew Cam”

  1. Alexandra Pechabadens

    Bless her, sitting uncovered in that weather we have…such patience, and beautiful bird! Thank you for this webcam!

  2. Really interesting to hear the calls that they make. So different to the long bubbles when displaying and pairing up earlier in the season. Helps me to try and work out what is going on with my local nests.

  3. João Teodósio

    I saw that at about 12:36 she left the nest to feed herself around the eggs. What is she eating?

    1. Curlew Country

      Curlew usually feed by probing their bill into soft ground to hunt for invertebrates. Often when the bird gets off the nest though they will in fact be ‘sideways-throwing’ a behaviour of plucking bits of dried grass and throwing it over their shoulder towards the nest.

    1. Curlew Country

      Hi Phil! Both the adults take turns on the nest incubating the eggs, and sometimes you will see them snoozing whilst incubating.

  4. How long overall does the incubation period last, and how long does each bird sit on the nest in a ‘shift’?

    1. Curlew Country

      The incubation period can last around 28 or 29 days. They seem to vary in shift times, ut theres usually a minimum of 4 hours between changeovers – often much longer!

    1. Curlew Country

      Hi Jim, the nest had 3 eggs on the 5th of may, the clutch may have been completed on the 6th or 7th.

  5. Just watched a changeover – so lovely to hear them communicate. Today must be hot on the hill, which I can see from my house.

  6. Absolutely magical to watch the eggs hatching this morning- grew up with curlews all around, and love them. Super webcam and project. Thank you! Have donated.

  7. The chicks are just wandering around! One of the parents had to call for a while to get one to walk back, and another just doesn’t seem to want to stay warm.

  8. Margaret Heritage

    Curlew Country Do you know how many hatched and where they are now? Here’s hoping they are safe.

    1. Hi Margaret, 4 chicks hatched and were all fitted with rings and tags. They were spotted the day after further up in the nest field, but we hope to get more updates soon!

  9. Lorraine Gawlik

    What on earth happened after 8.05 (3rd June) when everyone was still snuggled up together then suddenly it was 8.31 and the nest was bare. Where did those missing 25 minutes go? Very frustrating not to see the little family leave. Also when and how were the chicks ringed?

    1. Hi Lorraine, the 3 older chicks were tagged on the 2nd June, the youngest chick was tagged on the 3rd of June at about 8am. There was never a guarantee that the chicks would stay in the nest after this as they only stay for a very short period before they need to find food. We are sorry it was so abrupt, but we hope to post updates when we know how the chicks are doing.

    1. Hi Sue,

      Yes the chicks have now left the nest and are searching the area for food whilst the parents keep watch over them. They will still be brooded by the adult whilst they are young, but not neccessarily in the nest.

  10. I’ve been watching Curlew Cam for the past few weeks, and it was wonderful to see them after having lost our local ones in Wales about ten years ago. I missed the wonderful, uplifting sound. But, could you let us know if they are all back together and OK. It was rather brutal, the sudden departure – they were all together with Dad in the nest, then suddenly they were all gone. I know you have to tag them, only it would have been nice to see them leave naturally. But I have enjoyed, and been moved by, watching over the past weeks, so thank you a great deal for that. And I have donated.

    1. Hi Pat,

      We are glad you have enjoyed Curlew Cam and apologise for the abrupt ending.The chicks were spotted further into the nest field the next day and we hope to be tracking them again today or tomorrow so will post more updates!

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