Eagle Creek Curlews

Eagle -Creek Curlews

This ones for Dave. These are the same Curlews from the other shot, that we found around the corner.

Any ideas on what breed they are??




~ by True North Mark on September 15, 2009.

15 Responses to “Eagle Creek Curlews”

  1. Is that with the 28-300…looks like it could be an ok bit of glass.

    Is it a push pull ?

    By the way I wouldn’t be real sure but I think those are Curlews.

    • Yes Merv it is a really great lense. An L series push pull and very sharp thru the range. I told Christian before we left that he would regret not having that lense and I can think of at least a dozen occasions where he was bawling he did not have one!!

      The funny part of it all is that he used to give me a bit of flak for pulling it out a lot down here!!!

      In the Kimberley you need the flexibility to go wide and zoom very quickly opportunities jump out at you a lot.

  2. Definitely not curlews Mark. Curlews have down-turned bills, yours have slightly up-turned bills. Reckon they are godwits. The dark ends to their bill are the giveaway. (Probably Bar-tailed godwits to be exact). You might notice that some birds are orange and others grey. The orange birds are in breeding plumage. BTW whilst I’m a real nature freak I did have to look them up in my field guide!

    Nice bird shots btw. Can’t wait to get up north to get some bird picks. Shooting digital instead of medium format now makes wildlife much easier! All those times I’ve been to Roebuck Bay and 80 Mile Beach and I haven’t as yet captured any of the shorebirds!


  3. On closer inspection I now think they are not curlews. (:

  4. Hey Dave . We used to have curlews around here when I was a kid. We could hear the distinctive call at night. From memory they were a tallish bird with a long neck and dark brown I’ve only ever seen a couple of them. They all disappeared , I presume the foxes got them or at least scared them away. Are they the same as the north west Curlews ?


  5. Hi Merv. That’ll be a Bush-stone curlew. They are found throughout oz except for the driest deserts. There is also the beach stone-curlew that is found only on the coast of northern oz. They look very different from the other curlews as they have short bills, large heads and very large eyes. And yea, they have a very distinctive calls especially at night. You hear them lots in the Pilbara. Their wailing call is so spooky and sounds like something from a haunted house! Have yet to see one in the wild by they are at the Perth zoo and Cavisham Wildlife Park has quite a few.

  6. Looking at my birdbook, as I am no ‘Twitcher’ the closet I got was a Sandpiper or Greenshank.

  7. Dave reckons they are Godwits Thomas…and judging by his comments thus far on the subject of birds…I am guessing that he can back his call!!

  8. Dave , you are rekindling my interest in birds. I must get out my Simpsons book and take more interest when I’m out.

  9. Yea I know what you mean Merv. It’s not until you take the time to look when you realise that there is so much more wildlife out in the bush than kangaroos, magpies and pink and grey galahs! And don’t get me started on our flora cause then you will never shut me up!

  10. I thought they were short and Curlews, you sure grabbed a good shot of them mate.

    You could say you grabbed them by the short and curlews!

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