Yesterday was bright and sunny and after four days of not being in the field it felt great to be out again. I photographed Long-billed Curlews, Willets and Chukars along with a few other birds and a Pronghorn buck. It was a beautiful spring day.
This pair of Long-billed Curlews were courting, the male was Bill-stroking the female but he mustn’t have impressed her much because she walked away from him at the end and he flew away. This image shows the difference in bill size between the male (left) and female (right) nicely, the female’s bill in curlews is longer and more decurved. I will post more photos of this encounter later.
I’d photographed my first of the year Willets last week but the light was poor so getting this one in bright sun on a spring day make me happy. It was a bit breezy yesterday morning and a gust had knocked the Willet off balance slightly and in the frame it was getting its balance back.
I didn’t see many Chukars yesterday but this one was on the ground eating fresh spring grasses with a bit of the grass stuck on its bill.
There are more birds and water along the causeway to the island than I have seen in some time. It looks like spring is in full swing.
Life is good