Long-billed Curlew in Cheatgrass

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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!

Mia

10 Comments

  1. Julie Brown May 20, 2012 at 5:34 am

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

      They can easily hide in the grasses Julie, the chicks even more so because they are smaller. Thank you!

  2. bill senske May 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Bill, it is a great site with awesome contributors and I learn something new there ALL the time!

  3. Prairie Birder May 19, 2012 at 10:04 am

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

      PrairieBirder, I hope you get to see a Long-billed Curlew soon too. They are awesome. Thanks!

  4. Carol Mattingly May 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Carol, thanks, Life is Good!

  5. Dave Sparks May 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    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

    • Mia McPherson May 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      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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