This photo was taken by Conservancy field crews on the Conservancy’s BKS tract recently. Clearly, these Long-billed curlews like to wade and forage in mud flats and shallow water, and we try to provide that environment for them.
And while we are looking at those beaks, look at the legs. Perfectly built for wading in shallow water.
Our guess as to why they are on dry land in this photo is to, well, dry out. Getting sun exposure likely helps with and fungal issues, and of course, there may be other reasons. But it is nice to see them using the Conservancy’s preserves. Any way they want!