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September 22, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Why the long face?


Well the answer is, it’s perfect for finding those delicious worms and the like in the mud. I mentioned the curlew before as being one of my favourite birds and its call as giving me goose bumps. Well here it is in all its glory. i do think its beak looks ridiculously long but it obviously does the job. It’s interesting to watch the many different types of waders on the mud, each finding food in different places. Clearly not many birds can match the curlew for finding the good stuff that’s deep down.



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  1. Gallivanta / Sep 23 2013 7:18 am

    It is fascinating to see your curlew photo in this week when my sister in North Queensland has been sending me photos of the curlew mother and father who nested in her back yard and produced two healthy babies.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Sep 23 2013 8:48 am

      She must live in a great place. I would love to have curlews at the bottom of my garden.

      • Gallivanta / Sep 23 2013 9:01 am

        This is the second year they have come to her garden to nest. It’s a very special time for all of them 🙂

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Sep 23 2013 11:01 am

        She is lucky indeed. I think it’s very special when wild creatures move in to share your home.

      • Gallivanta / Sep 23 2013 11:53 am

        Yes, she wondered if she had been given a four or five star rating by the curlew home birthing association? 😀 The only way she will know is if they come back again!

  2. snowgood / Sep 23 2013 11:35 pm

    Having just moved from Devon to within a stone’s throw of Gatwick I’ll miss the Curlew’s call.

  3. missinghenrymitchell / Sep 26 2013 1:50 pm

    Lovely photo. I love to watch wading birds.

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