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Bristle-thighed Curlew | by Judd Patterson
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Bristle-thighed Curlew

This is a hard bird to see on its breeding territory. No one even knew where they nested until 1946. There are thought to be fewer than 7,000 and it requires a little dedication to reach their territories...and then a dose of luck doesn't hurt. They look a LOT like a Whimbrel, but their call is distinctive and oh so beautiful. I feel very fortunate to have an image to share of this beautiful and rare bird. Thanks to Matthew Studebaker for the encouragement to give this species a try...my time in Nome was memorable to say the least!

 

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www.birdsinfocus.com/articles/bristle_thighed_curlew.php

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Uploaded on July 31, 2012