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Old Jul 16, 2004, 10:51 AM   #1
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I hope my ID is correct. Shot last week at Palo Alto baylands, northern CA.



Another one (a bit darker coz of sun's position).


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Old Jul 16, 2004, 11:49 AM   #2
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Great shots! I love the first one with the mud all up his or her beak! That's awesome!
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 2:37 PM   #3
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What a beak! A quick look at my bird book suggests that it might not be to me. But I don't have a better guess.

The picture in Sibley's guide shows a lighter white streak above the eye. I don't see that here (well, there is a faint one, but it should be thicker.) The mud covers the other mark, which is a black stripe that goes through the eye out to the beak.

On the other hand, what else has a beak like that (especially curved down)!!!

Either way, I like that first shot a lot. Well done.

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Old Jul 16, 2004, 5:01 PM   #4
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Very nice shots, bobbyz!

Since I see no stripes on this guy's head, it isn't likely that it is a Bristle-Thighed Curlew or a Whimbrel, the only other two birds it could be confused with. So, I agree that it is a Long-Billed Curlew.

I wonder if this guy can also flex the bill (rynchokinesis)?
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Old Jul 16, 2004, 5:20 PM   #5
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Great shots, I really like the first one.
Now that's a beak, something like that has got to be in the way

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Old Jul 16, 2004, 8:42 PM   #6
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nice shots, I cant get over the size of the beak:!:
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