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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  • Doha Dove ON & OFF 3y

    Very elegant, lovely birds shot & Really a great work!
  • Robert Miesner 3y

    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!! :^)
  • philsfotos101...!!!!!! 3y

    Excellent series and congrats you guys...Well captured!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mark PRO 3y

    What a thrill that must have been!!!! Great shot!!!!!
  • Valerio_D PRO 3y

    Wondertul images, excellent series!!!!
  • ♥Melu♥Rogi♥ 3y

    woww stunning capture!!!!
  • Amg80 PRO 3y

    Beautiful series stunning
  • Edith Polverini PRO 3y

    great shot , love those guys
  • RAQQO 3y

    عمل موفق
    وتوقيت جيد!!
    احسنت صنعاً
  • Jim Ridley PRO 3y

    Only you Mike could get these rare Birds...Awesome Job!!!
  • DBartesJr. 3y

    What Jim said is true....lol......what an awesome find and flight capture Mike!!!!
  • Mike PRO 3y

    Wonderful series of shots! Great looking birds!
  • Alice Artime 3y

    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.
  • javagirl24 PRO 3y

    Amazing opportunity!! Amazing photography!!
  • Brake Fಌr Nature ~ On Lifes Highway PRO 3y

    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.
  • Carlos Silvestre PRO 3y

    beautiful shot!
  • Martin Varga PRO 3y

    Excellent capture my friend!
    Love the series.
  • Barb D'Arpino PRO 3y

    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.
  • Bryan Garnett 3y

    Another great capture Mike, very well done.
  • Ken Hipp PRO 3y

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