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Old May 24, 2009, 11:38 AM   #1
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After years of trying to get near enough, I finally got this pretty shy bird. It doesn't mind displaying itself on open fields, as long as you respect it's comfort zone of some 100+ meters. But today it was my turn.

Eurasian Curlew, Numenius arquata. Threatened species, but seemingly recovering at least around where I live. F*300mm f4.5 @ f5.0, 1/320 sec, ISO400.

Edit: seeing the limpkin, I realized mine had a horrible colour cast. Improved it and reposted.
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Old May 24, 2009, 12:53 PM   #2
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It is a pretty bird. Nice to see endangered species recovering. Nice shot, thanks for posting it.

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Old May 24, 2009, 1:03 PM   #3
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Curlews are usually photographed on beaches or mudflats in migration where they are more easily accessable (as I and others have done), rather than in terrestrial situations. They are actually land birds, breeding in tundra or in grasslands. It is nice to see one photographed in a more natural habitat. Thanks for posting it.

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Good capture, reminds me of the shape of the Limpkin we have here, your bird has thicker neck and thinner bill.

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That's a great shot Kjell!
nice DOF and sharpness. sure do envy that lens.
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Very nice picture! That looks like the bird I've seen along Pismo Beach - they are fun to watch as they run just in front or just behind the waves, looking for food that the waves wash in. They ignore people as long as they don't get too close, a 300 mm lens is necessary.
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Beautiful habitat shot of an amazing bird. Great to hear of your success in photographing it, and great to hear of its gradual recovery!
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Great shot, can go in any nature guide.

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Congratulations, well done a great shot, true colours and sharp.
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Thanks all for the nice comments!
Ed, the resemblance between the two birds is striking, but after googling the two species I'm not so sure they are as closely related as it looks. Penolta?

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