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TITLE
Curlew eggs
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0716
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10615
KEYWORDS
curlews
egg
nests
Curlew eggs

The curlew is the largest European wading bird. Its body is brown speckled and it has a long down-curved bill and long legs. The curlew's main diet is worms, shellfish and shrimp. A female curlew will usually lay 4 eggs in a shallow nest. There has been a recent drop in curlew breeding numbers due to a loss of habitat. This nest of four curlew eggs was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban.


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Curlew eggs

20c

curlews; egg; nests;

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

The curlew is the largest European wading bird. Its body is brown speckled and it has a long down-curved bill and long legs. The curlew's main diet is worms, shellfish and shrimp. A female curlew will usually lay 4 eggs in a shallow nest. There has been a recent drop in curlew breeding numbers due to a loss of habitat. This nest of four curlew eggs was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.