The (Eurasian) Stone Curlew is part of a group of species including other Stone Curlews, Thick-knees and Dikkops worldwide which are
related to waders, but prefer dry habitats. It is a rare summer visitor to Britain from Africa and leads a secretive semi-nocturnal existence --
the reason for the big eyes. It is not related to the Curlew but has a similar call.
The four-legged one