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Photograph by Martin Reid©
One member of the lark family epitomizes the family's adaptation to the harsh stone desert environment - the Hoopoe Lark. With its distinctive bill and striking wing pattern in flight, it is easy to identify, and the ultimate prize is to experience the dramatic display flight:- the male floats upwards singing his fluty song until he is hovering some forty feet up - then suddenly he plunges earthwards, head down and seemingly doomed, only to pull out at the very last moment and flutter to the nearest bush - exhilarating!