Long-billed Curlew in Cheatgrass

Male Long-billed Curlew in CheatgrassMale Long-billed Curlew in Cheatgrass – Nikon D200, f7.1, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Cheatgrass is invasive but I sure think it can be pretty especially with a lovely bird amongst it like this male Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) that I photographed on Antelope Island State Park recently. Cheatgrass is lacy and delicate looking, there can be a slight reddish/pink casts to the stems and seedheads and it flutters in the slightest breeze.

I had nice light, a cooperative bird and a beautiful setting. Life is good!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and photographing birds. My approach is to photograph the birds without disturbing their natural behavior. I don't bait, use set ups or call them in. I use Nikon gear and has multiple camera bodies and lenses.


  1. The bird’s coloring looks to be a perfect camouflage for the grasses.

  2. really liked the birding is fun website you sent me to.

  3. This is a very pretty photo Mia, I hope to see a Long-billed Curlew soon!

  4. It does look like life is good Mia. Love your images of the Curlew. Carol

  5. Mia:
    Good work getting an open shot with such a nice pose and excellent detail.
    “I had nice light, a cooperative bird and a beautiful setting. Life is good!”
    I wonder if you could condense that to something that would fit around the image of the bird on a t-shirt?

    • Dave, the T-shirt idea is great, If I placed the bird into a circle I could put the first sentence curled around the top and the last sentence in bigger letters curling around the bottom! Thank you.

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