Hoping for Curlews

Long-billed Curlew on a sandy beachLong-billed Curlew on a sandy beach – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 320, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Two days ago I saw my first of the year Sage Thrasher and now I am hoping to see and hear my first of the year Long-billed Curlews as well. The temperatures have risen here and a record will probably be shattered today with a projected high of 76°F for today. The curlew migration can’t be too far behind the Sage Thrashers!

Long-billed Curlews are our largest shorebird in North America with sensitive bills that can probe deep into the soil. When I saw and photographed wintering Long-billed Curlews in Florida I never heard them call but they do call here in Utah and it is a sound that I adore.

The curlew in the image above is a young female that decided to stay in Florida during the nesting season in June of 2009, some young birds will stay on the wintering grounds their first summer. I don’t think  many of them do that though.

Will today be the day I hear a curlew? I kind of hope so.

Life is good.

Mia

3 Comments

  1. Elephant's Child March 15, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Such an improbable looking (but very beautiful) bird.

  2. Patty Chadwick March 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

    A beautifully composed shot of a sweet bird, one that always makes me sad to see ever since reading THE LAST OF THE CURLEWS…I should feel happy to see them, but I can’t forget that book…

  3. Bob Bushell March 15, 2015 at 5:58 am

    It look like our Common Curlew, yours is fantastic, the first time. Congrats to you, beautiful photo.

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