Male Long-billed Curlew in flight

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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!


  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    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. Ingrid May 23, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    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. M. Firpi May 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Very nice, never saw these fly before.

  4. Tami May 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm


  5. Kathie May 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Amazing shot Mia! Wow!

  6. eric c11 May 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

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

  7. Lynn Koch May 16, 2013 at 8:54 am

    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!

  8. Ellen Blackstone May 16, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Wow, gorgeous, Mia! Thanks for posting!

  9. Bob Bushell May 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Fantastic in flight Curlew Mia.

  10. Stu May 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

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

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