16 Jul 2015

The Call of the Curlew


One of the things I noticed first when I moved to Sheffield and started visiting the Peak District regularly, was that walks in the moorland were always punctuated by a very distinctive birdsong.  It was the long and beautifully eerie call of the curlew.



I had seen the bird often whilst driving, but had yet to see one close enough to photograph until recently.  It was, as with the majority of my photography, a little spur of the moment and I could have done with a tripod, however I was just so pleased to see them this close, to watch them calling and even spot a few teeny tiny chicks scuttling through the long grass, that it didn't really matter.

Having now had a close encounter with curlews, their song is even more comforting and familiar when out on a hike; to hear them calling to each other across the moors is now a sound that reminds me of home.



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  1. Getting good wildlife shots is tough! I feel like every time I get close enough to something I realize I don't have the right lens on my camera. Then by the time I switch lenses they've run away from the frantic lady with her camera. haha! These are great photographs. As far as I know we don't have that bird here. It's beak is so long!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

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    1. You don't know how much I can relate with that haha! Thanks :) x

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  2. Getting the right settings for birds can be so tricky! On days when I have my tripod, I want more maneuverability. On days I hand hold, I want a sharper focus.

    I've never seen a curlew before - looks very similar to a wading bird here though, the limpkin!

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    1. Ah yes, it can be a constant battle! I always forget to bring my tripod as it is so bulky. This is why I was surprised to find them so inland, they are waders but spend the winter by the coast apparently. x

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  3. Beautiful pictures of the curlew. They're such a distinctive bird but I've never been lucky enough to see (or hear) one in person.

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