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Long-billed curlew        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 or open grassy areas, as shown here.     Most of these birds were photographed at the San Jacinto Wildlife Area near Riverside, California.   The bird in the 'golden' light was imaged shortly after dawn, with a calm pond reflecting autumn foliage in the background.

Go to this page for images of long-billed curlews in flight, and here for pictures of curlews on mudflats and beaches.

  • Canon 1D3, 1D4, 7D, 7D2, or R7; 500 mm IS lens plus 1.4X or 2X converter, or 800 mm f5.6 IS lens (2009-2011, 2017, 2022)