After the clouds moved south yesterday morning Antelope Island State Park was bathed in beautiful light. It felt great to see the sunshine but the cold north wind was miserable at times and chilled my hands right down to the bones. Spring is here but that north wind reminds me that winter still hasn’t quite lost its grip yet. Still, I took advantage of the light.
I saw quite a few Long-billed Curlews yesterday wandering in the spring grasses and this time I was able to get nice images of them. Nicknames for Long-billed Curlews include “sicklebird” and “candlestick bird.”
Candlestick Point in San Francisco was named after these birds and so was Candlestick Park Stadium, the location where the Beatles played their last concert together in 1966.
I saw more female curlews yesterday than males and although I had hoped to photograph the males courting the females or in territorial displays I think the strong north winds put the brakes on that.
I was delighted to hear the curlews calling though and to be able to watch them rest, preen and walk through the fresh, green grasses.
The long, sickle shaped bills of this species are used to probe into the ground for their prey or to snap up prey they find above the ground. The bills of the females are longer and more curved than the bills of the males.
It is wonderful to have the Long-billed Curlews back in northern Utah once again and to be able to listen to their calls over the grasslands.
Birds and nature, what a great way to start the day. Life is good.