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Momentous encounter with curlew could be my last – shame on us

John Daly


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The curlew population here has been dwindling for decades with numbers down from 5,000 in the 1980s to an all-time low of less than 100 breeding pairs today. Photo: Abi Warner

The curlew population here has been dwindling for decades with numbers down from 5,000 in the 1980s to an all-time low of less than 100 breeding pairs today. Photo: Abi Warner

The curlew population here has been dwindling for decades with numbers down from 5,000 in the 1980s to an all-time low of less than 100 breeding pairs today. Photo: Abi Warner

As dawn broke over the distant end of Rossbeigh beach, I was alone in a magical world.

A faint sun glow on the farthest horizon, the tide breaking gently on rippled sand, and the hazy outline of Dingle on the neighbouring peninsula.


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