Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Eastern Curlew


The Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) is the largest of our migratory waders. It's easy to identify but not easy to get close to.
Since I bought a DSLR a few months ago I have really been enjoying the way I can now take photos of birds in flight. There is so much beautiful color and pattern to see on the spread wings.
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11 comments:

  1. Hi Mick: Sure is hard to get close! Curlews and Whimbrels seldom get comfortable with people anywhere near them, even when they turn sedentary.

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  2. I have been told that these larger waders have been taken as food items in some places until quite recently and that may be the reason they are so flighty!

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  3. What a magnificent bird. First time I have seen a picture of one. I love the one where it is flying.

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  4. They are beautiful birds! Terrific flight shots.

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  5. Hi Kallen, and Vickie - thanks for your comments. It's nice to have other bird photographers come by and comment.

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  6. The photo equipment available is truly amazing! How satisfying to be able to get such beautiful photos.

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  7. Hi WB - that's exactly right.

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  8. Thanks for stopping by again and again. what new camera have you bought your self (DSLR).

    Great shots.

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  9. Hi Yen,I bought a Pentax 200D with a Sigma 70-300 lens. Its not expensive gear but is doing a great job for me.

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  10. Great set of shots of the curlew, Mick! You mentioned they are the largest of the migratory waders in your area. Just curious, but how big are they? I'm just wondering what to compare them to that I've seen over in this part of the world.

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  11. Hi Kyle - this Curlew has a length of 60-66cm - a wing span of 110cm. Don't know why none of the bird books give height! That's what you see when you look at them!

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