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Long-billed curlews in flight        Images © Mark A. Chappell

The startlingly long and recurved bills of long-billed curlews are usually used for probing deeply into mudflats, but I've also seen them hunting mice in newly-flooded fields.   Surprisingly, the long droop-tipped bills do not seem to detract from their strong and graceful flight.  Most of the birds here were photographed at Bolsa Chica wetlands in coastal Orange County, California; other were in Palo Alto, California (including the bird with a very muddy face, from probing deeply in soft substrate) and in southern Idaho.

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  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk II, 1D3, or 1D4, 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens (2004 - 2013)