Male Long-billed Curlew lifting off

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Male Long-billed Curlew lifting offMale Long-billed Curlew lifting off – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 500, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photographed this male Long-billed Curlew last week as he was starting to lift off. It has been wonderful hearing their calls again and seeing them poking around in the new growth of grasses. They are selecting mates already.

I found some Long-billed Curlews in a new location in Tooele County, that was pretty exciting. I’m happy that they are back, I guess you all can tell!



  1. Mia McPherson April 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you Susan, Sam, Laurence, Sherry, Eric, Bryce and Julie for your comments on this post!

  2. Julie G. April 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Lovely photograph of this beautiful bird! Such pretty plumage. I would love to see one in person someday.

  3. Bryce Robinson April 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Great capture. I love these birds. And I really like your april fools photo. Gave me a great laugh.

  4. eric c11 April 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    owww, it s a beautifull position, great picture mia ☺
    see you soon

  5. Sherry in MT April 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Yay for the curlews and I love this shot, but my silly wonders if they ever catch that long bill on the ground and just flip over….

  6. Laurence Butler April 2, 2013 at 7:38 am

    NO one shoots Curlew like you! Awesome.

  7. Sam Brunson April 2, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Great picture! Lift off photos are always fun to get.

  8. Susan April 2, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Beautiful image Mia, he looks like he is dancing.

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