Shorebirds are typically found near the shore but several species actually nest in grasslands and prairies, Long-billed Curlews are one of those species. Right now there are Long-billed Curlews on Antelope Island getting ready to find mates, breed, nest and raise their young. I see them in the tall grass weaving their way through the dried mullein stalks and sagebrush searching for prey.
I also see them in areas with short grass, displaying their finest courtship behaviors, fight for breeding right and preening their plumage. They have some interesting moves to preen with their long bills.
They will also call to announce their presence to the other curlews nearby. This male opened its bill wide while it was calling, so wide that I could see down its throat. The calls of this male went unheeded by the other curlews who might have been nearby and he flew off. Perhaps in search of a mate.
The Long-billed Curlews on Antelope Island are fascinating subjects to photograph and observe or anywhere for that matter.
Life is good.