During my recent visit to Antelope Island State Park in Utah, I was fortunate enough to come across a stunning Long-billed Curlew, and capture a close-up profile photograph. As I was driving along the roads in the park, I noticed the bird close to the road and was able to get an amazing shot of it.
Long-billed Curlews are fascinating birds with an incredible long and curved bill, which they use to probe the ground for insects, crustaceans, and small rodents. Their long bills are a unique adaptation to their habitat, and allow them to reach food that other birds cannot.
In addition to their impressive bills, Long-billed Curlews have beautiful cinnamon-brown feathers with intricate patterns and streaks, making them a beautiful and unique subject for wildlife photography.
These birds are typically found in grasslands, prairies, and wetlands across the western United States and Mexico. However, their populations have been declining due to habitat loss and hunting, making sightings of them all the more special.
Using a beanbag draped over the open window of my pickup truck, I was able to stabilize my camera and lens, and capture an incredible close-up profile shot of the Long-billed Curlew.
Photographing this bird was a truly amazing experience and a reminder of the incredible beauty and diversity of wildlife in our natural habitats. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to capture such a stunning image of this unique and beautiful bird.
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: RF 800 mm f/11 IS STM
- Location: Antelope Island State Park (Utah)
- Date and Time Taken: June 2, 2022 (6:21 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f11
- Shutter speed: 1/3200
- ISO: 1250 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 800 mm
Here is another photo of a Long-billed Curlew: Long-billed Curlew In Utah
Here Are 8 Facts About The Long-billed Curlew:
- The Long-billed Curlew has the longest bill of any shorebird species in North America, reaching up to 8.5 inches in length.
- They are known for their distinctive, haunting call, which sounds like a series of descending whistles.
- The Long-billed Curlew has a unique breeding behavior where males perform elaborate aerial displays to attract females, including soaring high into the sky and then plummeting back down to the ground.
- They are a long-distance migrant, traveling up to 20,000 miles round trip between their breeding and wintering grounds.
- Long-billed Curlews are found in grasslands and prairies throughout western North America, with some populations also found in Mexico.
- These birds are considered a species of conservation concern due to habitat loss and hunting, with their populations declining in some areas.
- Long-billed Curlews have a lifespan of up to 10 years in the wild.
- They are known to form flocks during migration and in winter, sometimes congregating in groups of over 100 birds.