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Cruising Curlew, Baylands

D30_Curlew I set my alarm for 5am to wake up and take photos at sunrise this morning, however, when I got up I was greeted with a cloud cover so I went back to bed. I did go out later in the morning, though still cloudy, and I wasn't loving the light. However, I did like this curve-billed fellow. Leo and I decided this is a Long-billed Curlew not a Whimbrel as I first suspected. According to Peterson, curlews "lack dark distinct crown stripes." No stripes here. He's admiring himself in the reflection.

Below he's digging deep for his meal.