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Eastern curlew        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Like their North American relative the long-billed curlew, the eastern curlew has a dramatically large, curved bill for probing deeply into mudflats.   One bird in the photos below has captured a small crab and is preparing to eat it (not easy with a bill that big).   These were all photographed on the mudflats at the Esplanade in Cairns, north Queensland, Australia.

  • Canon 1D3 or 7D2; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2009, 2016)