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!



  1. Jane Chesebrough July 10, 2014 at 1:10 am

    They are bigger than I thought they would be.

  2. Patty Chadwick July 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    What a sweet face! Beautiful portrait!!!

  3. Elephant's Child July 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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

  4. Mary McAvoy July 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm

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

  5. Chris Rohrer July 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

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

  6. Bob Bushell July 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Excellent images Mia.

  7. judy watson July 9, 2014 at 6:05 am

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

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