Long-billed Curlews & other birds

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Long-billed Curlews & other birds
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I heard about the long-billed curlew sightings at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, but its a huge place, so I went with no real expectations of seeing one... leave alone 38! A first sighting for me.

I wasn't seeing anything interesting in the refuge, so I spent some time photographing a pair of mourning doves from the car.

On the wildlife drive, I spotted the Long-billed Curlews and watched four or five of them pulling up these worms & swallowing them.

Then suddenly the whole field erupted in curlews that I had not seen even though they were right in front of me. In another picture, I counted 38. They flew around and came in to land close to where they were feeding before.

So I spent some more time photographing these awesome looking birds.

They're hard to see!

See the worm curled around the beak?

On my way out, this kestrel entertained me with its hovering. It dived soon after, but it was too fast for me to follow.

And a final bonus - 3 big-horned Owlets. No sign of the parents.

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