Male Long-billed Curlew in flight

Long-billed Curlew in flightLong-billed Curlew in flight

Last week; while fighting off a bloodsucking cloud of no-see-ums, I was able to photograph this male Long-billed Curlew as it flew past me. The background is the Great Salt Lake at the bottom, the distant Promontory Mountains and above them the sky.

The swarms of biting gnats have been dreadful so far this year and I am impatiently waiting for them to disappear but I’ll keep going to the island to photograph birds and wildlife, they won’t win.


~I’m out of town but will be back soon, please feel free to share this post with your friends and family!

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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. I appreciate all of your comments on this image, thanks.

    Ingrid, I think the no-see-ums are finally starting to disappear. I didn’t get bit once today (May 27)

  2. I was just at the Ex Officio store here in Seattle today, asking them about their no-see-um-repellant clothing. ;) A curlew in flight is a sight to behold, regardless. But what a beautiful picture of that moment!

  3. Very nice, never saw these fly before.

  4. Amazing shot Mia! Wow!

  5. wow, very nice, i like how the bokeh is done too, 10/10 for this shot
    bravo mia ☺

  6. I’m sorry the gnats are so prolific this Spring. they are nasty little biters. Your Long Billed Curlew is lovely. I love the motion blur in his near wing!

  7. Wow, gorgeous, Mia! Thanks for posting!

  8. Fantastic in flight Curlew Mia.

  9. Excellent shot. The picture also exemplifies why this bird has the name that it does ;)

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