Whimbrels

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    It was a thrill for me to be able to photograph these large shorebirds. I did get a picture of one 2 years ago. They are not common to Michigan but sometimes do stop for a rest on their long migration flights.
    The Whimbrel is the world's widest ranging curlew, nesting in the arctic regions of both the Old and New Worlds and wintering on coasts of southern North America through South America and, in the Old World, on the coasts of southern Asia south to Australia, and Africa. It is a large brownish shorebird with its most striking feature being its long down-curved bill. Whimbrels suffered from some of the same problems that led to the extinction of the smaller but related Eskimo Curlew and more recently have shown declines that may be related to destruction of coastal wetlands along its winter range.

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    1. Doha Dove very busy! 35 months ago | reply

      Very elegant, lovely birds shot & Really a great work!

    2. Bob the Birdman and All Around Nature Guy 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful inflight captures of these Whimbrels! I got a shot about five years ago with my little simple point and shoot. I would love the get a shot now that I have better equipment. Excellent find Mike, well done!! :^)

    3. philsfotos101...!!!!!! [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      Excellent series and congrats you guys...Well captured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4. gerstat 35 months ago | reply

      What a thrill that must have been!!!! Great shot!!!!!

    5. Valerio_D 35 months ago | reply

      Wondertul images, excellent series!!!!

    6. ♥Melisa♥ 35 months ago | reply

      woww stunning capture!!!!

    7. Amg80 35 months ago | reply

      Beautiful series stunning

    8. RAQQO 35 months ago | reply

      عمل موفق
      وتوقيت جيد!!
      احسنت صنعاً

    9. JRIDLEY1 35 months ago | reply

      Only you Mike could get these rare Birds...Awesome Job!!!

    10. DBartesJr. 35 months ago | reply

      What Jim said is true....lol......what an awesome find and flight capture Mike!!!!

    11. mjb8216 35 months ago | reply

      Wonderful series of shots! Great looking birds!

    12. aartime728 [deleted] 35 months ago | reply

      I am so proud for you. How awesome to see something like this, much less get so awesome shots. I love your information on them too. Especially as I find I don't know squat about birds.

    13. javagirl24 35 months ago | reply

      Amazing opportunity!! Amazing photography!!

    14. Brake Fಌr Nature ~ On Lifes Highway 35 months ago | reply

      Rare and here you go, not just one or two, but the entire flock :) Nice find, Mike. I couldn't be happier for you. The information was a good read!! Thanks for sharing their beauty and their story.

    15. M.Varga 35 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture my friend!
      Love the series.

    16. naturethroughmyeyes.com 35 months ago | reply

      Wonderful series! I really like the composition of the first one - all dunlins in the frame with not one cut off - not an easy feat.

    17. Bryan Garnett Photography 35 months ago | reply

      Another great capture Mike, very well done.

    18. kenhipp 35 months ago | reply

      Very nice series, Mike! Like the curled bill (or beak)!

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