Long-billed Curlew with its head all twisted around

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A Long-billed Curlew with is head all twisted aroundA Long-billed Curlew with its head all twisted around – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/500, ISO 250, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Owls are well known for being able to turn their heads 270 degrees, Long-billed Curlews aren’t. This Long-billed Curlew was foraging normally at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach as I knelt in a tidal lagoon photographing it 6 years ago today when it pushed its bill into the sand and then twisted its neck and head around. It looked a bit odd to say the least and happened very quickly so this is the only frame I have that shows this.

I guess we all get twisted around some times, even some birds.

Life is good.



  1. Jane Chesebrough July 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Too lazy to move its feet? Very quaint!

  2. Kathie July 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

    Just amazing, Mia!

  3. Elephant's Child July 5, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I am as flexible as a brick. I look at this image and my eyes glow green with envy. Of the bird and of you for being able to see it.

  4. Lois Bryan July 5, 2015 at 8:47 am

    OOO OUCH!!!! LOL!!!! Great timing on your part … lovely light!!!!

  5. Patty Chadwick July 5, 2015 at 8:04 am

    That certainly looks strange! Just doesn’t look right, somehow…certainly demonstrates how flexible the bird’s neck is…looks like someone pit it together wrong. Interesting lesson in flexibility. Great detail….

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