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Location: Huntington Beach (Bolsa Chica Lagoon), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.1W, elev=27' MAP
Date: October 31, 2010
ID : 7C2V3469 [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Bolsa Chica Lagoon), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.1W, elev=27' MAP
Date: October 31, 2010
ID : 7C2V3645 [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Ballona Creek (Salt Panne), CA
GPS: 34.0N, -118.4W, elev=2' MAP
Date: August 4, 2014
ID : B13K6571 [4896 x 3264]

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Long-billed Curlew Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Bolivar Flats, TX
GPS: 29.4N, -94.7W, elev=1' MAP
Date: August 28, 2009
ID : 7C2V2423 [3888 x 2592]

Long-billed Curlew Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA
GPS: 33.9N, -117.1W, elev=1,426' MAP
Date: August 19, 2010
ID : 7C2V1657 [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Newport Beach, CA
GPS: 33.7N, -117.9W, elev=17' MAP
Date: November 7, 2009
ID : 7C2V4650 [3888 x 2592]

Long-billed Curlew Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Goose Island State Park, TX
GPS: 28.1N, -96.9W, elev=-1' MAP
Date: February 1, 2009
ID : 7C2V4206 [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Goose Island State Park, TX
GPS: 28.1N, -96.9W, elev=-1' MAP
Date: February 1, 2009
ID : 7C2V4205 [3888 x 2592]

Long-billed Curlew Photo @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: San Jacinto Wildlife Area, CA
GPS: 32.6N, -117.4W, depth=-1,130' MAP
Date: August 8, 2008
ID : 7C2V6683 [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Bolsa Chica Lagoon), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.1W, elev=27' MAP
Date: August 8, 2009
ID : 7C2V1263 [3888 x 2592]

Long-billed Curlew Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Huntington Beach (Bolsa Chica Lagoon), CA
GPS: 33.7N, -118.1W, elev=27' MAP
Date: February 8, 2009
ID : 7C2V4452 [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Morro Bay, CA
GPS: 35.3N, -120.9W, elev=0' MAP
Date: March 9, 2008
ID : 5422 [3888 x 2592]

Long-billed Curlew Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lompoc, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.6W, elev=0' MAP
Date: June 24, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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Long-billed Curlew Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Lompoc, CA
GPS: 34.7N, -120.6W, elev=0' MAP
Date: June 24, 2007
ID : ? [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Long-billed Curlew, Numenius americanus, is a large shorebird. (See the Curlew family.)

Adults have a very long bill curved downwards, a long neck and a small head. The head, neck and underparts are light brown. The back is dark brown. They show cinnamon wing linings in flight.

Their breeding habitat is grasslands in west-central North America. Nests are located on the ground in open prairie. The female usually lays 4 eggs. Both parents look after the young.

They are short distance migrants and winter along coasts in the southern United States south to Mexico.

These birds forage in fields, picking up food by sight, also by probing. They mainly eat insects, but also eat crustaceans in coastal areas.

The population was significantly reduced at the end of the 19th century by hunting. Numbers have rebounded somewhat in more recent times.

This species was also called the 'candlestick bird'. Candlestick Point in San Francisco was named after this indigenous bird, and subsequently Candlestick Park inherited the name.



                                     




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