Millions of birds are heading our way and touching down in the UK from all points north, so it's fitting that our Photo of the Week pictures one of these migrants: our largest wader with a whopping beak and a spine-tingling call.

This curlew was photographed by Nature's Home reader Charles Woods during an Exe Estuary Cruise last winter. Charles has captured the quiet beauty of the UK's coast and estuaries at low tide when they provide a rich feast for long-beaked waders. Many RSPB reserves are vital homes for internationally-important numbers of waders over winter and RSPB members can enjoy our bumper "Arctic migrants" special winter issue of Nature's Home.

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