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Curlew Posing

By teocali
The Curlew (Numenius arquata) posing - this is the frame immediately preceding my last upload, where he/she had just taken off. Taken 79.9m from subject, handheld.

The Curlew(Numenius arquata) is a very large, tall wader, Length: 50-60cm Wingspan: 90cm Weight: 770-1,000g Average Lifespan: 5 years, about the same size as a female pheasant. The haunting sound of the curlew's display call ('Cur-lee') is unmistakable and can be heard from February through to July on its breeding grounds: wet grasslands, farmland, heath and moorlands. From July onwards coastal numbers start to build up and peak in January. It feeds mainly on worms, shrimps and small shellfish.
It is mottled brown and grey with long, bluish legs and a long, down-curved bill that is pink underneath. It can be distinguished from the smaller whimbrel by the longer bill and plain head pattern. When they fly, curlew have a white wedge on the rump.
Classified in the UK as an Amber List species(not quite endangered) under the Birds of Conservation Concern review and as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.

My thanks to everybody for their support of my last upload and a big thank you to Pete for the EC and Richard(Mossyoak) for his UA - really appreciated and totally unexpected Smile

Tags: Wildbird Shrimp Waterbird Curlew Wader Shellfish Worms Wildlife and nature Numenius arquata

Voters: gazlowe, annettep38, jennialexander and 35 more

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annettep38 Plus
8 219 42 Germany
15 May 2012 12:52PM
a lovely capture in a natural pose !

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stretch123 10 1 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 12:53PM
thats a beautiful shot , well done

Richsr 12 91 223 England
15 May 2012 1:17PM
Good details and tones too, good to see some of the hadit too
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
10 154 119 Scotland
15 May 2012 1:21PM
Congrats. on yesterday's awards, Sylvia: and another fine shot today....very well done.
fificat100 8 5 2 Scotland
15 May 2012 1:47PM
A really fine capture. Superb natural pose.
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
15 May 2012 1:53PM
Fine shot Sylvia. A lovely detailed capture.
15 May 2012 2:05PM
Another lovely Curlew image Sylvia Smile
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 5:38PM
Super detailed image in beautifully photogenic surroundings
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 7:11PM
Lovely capture Linda Smile
Well done with yesterday's upload SmileSmile
pluckyfilly 13 351 33 United Kingdom
15 May 2012 9:43PM
great shot in natural surroundings
Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
16 May 2012 5:17PM
Another smasher mate......Ade
Glostopcat 13 255 2 England
24 May 2012 7:48PM
A fine shot of this wading bird, up to your usual conistently high standards

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