Beyond the BackyardFort De Soto

Long-Billed Curlew

Can you imagine going through life with a bill as long as your foot?  I watch the Long-Billed Curlew at Fort De Soto preening, and he amazes me.  That long bill is great for digging up crabs from deep in the sand, but it’s pretty awkward to use to scratch an itch!  I was rewarded with several great opportunities to photograph the curlew last weekend.  I hope to make it back in late April as the shorebirds show off their breeding colors before heading back up to the Arctic.