Long-billed Curlews

Close up of a male Long-billed CurlewClose up of a male Long-billed Curlew – photographed in Utah

On my trip last week to Montana I saw quite a few Long-billed Curlews. There were some to be found near the campground and on the roads to it.

Flock of 7 Long-billed CurlewsLong-billed Curlew flock – photographed at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, Montana

One evening I saw a flock of seven near the shoreline of the Lower Lake of Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, many of them were females.

But on a trip to Dillon using the back roads I also saw a flock of 50+, that is the most Long-billed Curlews I have ever seen in one place. I couldn’t get decent images of those curlews because of the angle of light but it was pretty impressive to see a flock of so many curlews in one location.

I just never know what nature is going to surprise me with!


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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 to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Jane Chesebrough

    They are bigger than I thought they would be.

  2. Patty Chadwick

    What a sweet face! Beautiful portrait!!!

  3. Love the portrait – but the beauty of the landscape and those soft rolling hills took my breath away. Thank you.

  4. Looking at your photos is like a daily meditation on The Wonder. Thank you.

  5. Beautiful! Montana looks like an enchanted place. I can see why you love it so much.

  6. Excellent images Mia.

  7. What an amazing find! And to hear them all.
    What a beautiful close-up, Mia!

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