Curlew on the Rocks

Long-billed Curlew on the rocksLong-billed Curlew on the rocks – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/2000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

Curlew on the Rocks, it sure sounds like a strange, new mixed drink? If it were a mixed drink it would have Kahlua, some Amaretto, a touch of cream and maybe add a natural Cinnamon stick to swirl all the ingredients around with because all of those match the colors in the plumage of this elegant shorebird.

I believe that this is a hatch year bird because there is still a bit of a downy area on the back of the neck, at this age I wouldn’t try to guess the gender. The bill of an adult female is longer than a male Long-billed Curlew’s would be.

This was a life bird for my mother and I am glad she was able to see it strolling among the rocks on the shoreline of the Great Salt Lake while I photographed the Curlew last week.

Happy memories.



  1. Merrill Ann Gonzales September 23, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The great thing about this photo is that you can see the motion of the gate of the bird when it walks…how it pulls its head back a bit as it takes the next step…. Boy you really got this shot at just the right moment … so much information in it. A joy to study. Many thanks.

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thank you much Merrill, I’m tickled that you can see so much in this image including the bird’s behavior.

  2. Kathie September 23, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Just beautiful Mia! I love your description! I would love to see one of these birds again!

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 7:04 am

      Kathie, I’d love for you to see these birds again, thank you for your comment.

  3. Julie G. September 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm


  4. Bob Bushell September 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

    That’s a long bill on a Curlew. That is a beautiful photo, cheers Mia.

  5. Laurence Butler September 23, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I’ll have two please, and make em’ stiff! Great shot Mia.

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Laurence, if you ever visit Utah we will have to get those ingredients and toss a few of the drinks back! Thanks for commenting.

  6. Carol Mattingly September 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

    I knew your desire to photograph beautiful birds came from somewhere in your roots. Be sure you thank your Mom for a part of that. And the pinks in this image are fantastic. Carol

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 7:02 am

      Thank you Carol, my mother does love nature and she thoroughly enjoyed spending time in Utah seeing it. She was getting great at spotting birds & critters here before she left.

  7. Scott (@NESASK) September 23, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Very nice, Mia. It looks like you had to put up with a lot of bugs 😉

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Scott, thank you for commenting. The bugs aren’t really a bother since they don’t bite, up on the island though the mosquitoes and biting gnats can be a problem during their “season”.

  8. chetan September 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Excellent shot.. Like the expo.too..

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 6:59 am

      Thanks Chetan! The light was lovely that morning.

  9. Karen Bonsell September 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Beautiful shot!

    • Mia McPherson October 5, 2012 at 6:59 am

      Thank you Karen, it was a beautiful bird

  10. Susan September 23, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Wonderful photo:)

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