My late French colleague who worked in the USA and founded Bird Life International found a great site in Greece near the coast which is very remote a huge estuary site where there used to be many Slender-billed Curlews when I was young with Whimbrels which had different bills and not so black legs and were generally much darker with different wing markings and flight but were very jumpy and they thought at Bird Life International they must winter near Ethopia or on the central east coast of Africa as they still occur in the Sultanate of Oman where the French speaking ruler loves to encourage responsable birders to visit
as a definite Slender-billed Curlew was sighted there recently near the coast in an estaury system in a remote area and the members of the Sultanate of Omans enthusiastic team of naturalists like to ensure birders don't go there to disturb the birds in sensitive areas as even the residents get told off for disturbing all the rare birds there so there was a definite one there recently but transport is poor to get to good birding areas but birders are welcome by the Government and the Sultan himself likes to encourage ecotourists if they get permission to go to areas good for ecology often near the coast and don't disturb all the birds but getting around is difficult as the country is full of wildlife as it is often still very undeveloped thankfully. Greece still gets the odd record with one a few years ago photographed there in a huge remote area on passage and there can be runt Curlews which resemble them like the Druridge bay bird but in flight they are obviously marked on th wings with different markings including pale wings with dark ended primaries compared to the many Whimbrels and odd runt Curlews which can be variable like the many races of Whimbrel including the 'new' species hudsonicus with warm uniform buff underwings which I saw in Brittany a few years ago in the southern-western tip at the southern tip of the Baie d'Audierne where the Bee-eaters nest every year nearby at Pointe de la Torche and Lescors marsh to the west of Penfoulic at:-
http://www.penfoulic.com/ Pointe de Penmars is superb for watching cetaceans and seawatching in August near the lighthouse where I saw a Hudsonian Whimbrel in August Aquatic Warbler ringing a few years ago.
bertram.E.B.BREE in sunny mild Jersey near Guernsey where a Black-browed Albatross was seen last weeek off the west coast.