Seen and Heard – First of year Long-billed Curlew

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Long-billed CurlewLong-billed Curlew – taken in spring 2012 – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

The light wasn’t cooperating much on Antelope Island this morning because of clouds that were in front of the sun.

But… when we stopped at one of the parking lots that overlooked Bridger Bay I heard a call that made me jump in my seat and before I could say “Long-billed Curlew!!” I could see the bird flying towards the grasses that were a long distance from the parking area. I scoped the shorebird with my lens just to be sure and could see the beautiful colors and long bill of the curlew.

The bird stayed too far away to get images of but that did not dampen my joy.

Needless to say, I have had a smile on my face since then. I had seen and heard my first of year Long-billed Curlew!!



  1. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks Mom & Eric!

  2. eric c11 April 1, 2013 at 12:47 am

    great, me too, a lot of my pictures are done insade a vehicule too, very efficient :-)))
    see you soon

  3. Humming Bird lover March 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm


    I’m happy your spring is finally showing it beautiful birds to bring it in. Have a great time shooting Spring critters. Have a great day!

  4. Jane Chesebrough March 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

    I know that you like these birds. That is great news!I saw the first Canada goose flying by itself over the snowbound park…honking away.Oh! and I saw a gull high up in the sky-a sure sign of spring in my books!

    • Mia McPherson March 26, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Seeing signs of spring is wonderful Jane, I am tickled you are seeing them too.

  5. Susan March 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    A delightful day for you Mia, awesome. I love the photo in this post.

    • Mia McPherson March 26, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Thanks Susan, I saw quite a few more curlews yesterday so I am doing happy dances in my seat!

  6. Laurence Butler March 24, 2013 at 4:46 pm


  7. eric c11 March 24, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    so close, it s great !! nice picture
    a question :
    do you use camouflage and wait or can you approch them slowly ?
    see you soon mia

    • Mia McPherson March 26, 2013 at 6:52 am


      Most of the time I am shooting from inside a vehicle because they birds are less afraid of them than a person on foot. Thanks for your comment.

  8. Bob Bushell March 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Beautiful beautiful bird, so positive, so pretty, so well taken Mia.

    • Mia McPherson March 26, 2013 at 6:51 am

      Thank you Bob, I was pleased with this capture.

  9. Tami March 24, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    What a gorgeous bird, Mia! Please send spring this way… 🙂

    • Mia McPherson March 26, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Tami, I’ll do my best to send spring your way 😉 Thanks for commenting.

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