April 12, 2014 - Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

Requested by: whimbrelwaterbird

Whimbrels breed in the Arctic, wintering in South America, Australia, Africa, and South Asia. There are four subspecies, although the North American birds were previously thought of as a separate species, known as the Hudsonian Curlew. Their long beaks allow them to probe mud for crabs and other marine invertebrates. They also eat berries, especially before migrating, as well as insects.

I believe this is the Curlew (Numenius arquata), and hopefully I am not confused with its similar looking friend the Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus). This is the great fun about ideniforcation of speices, I love getting my id books out and giving it ago, the best thing is when I start to get good at it and can identify speices with out my books. Its a very rewarding hobby.

Location: Hunstanton Beach

Shooting Date/Time 31/08/2013 06:50:38

Camera Model Canon EOS 650D

(Shutter Speed) 1/1600

(Aperture Value) 5.6

ISO Speed    200

Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) birds on Morro Strand State Beach during a golden sunset. Also characteristic of Montana de Oro area to the south. by mikebaird on Flickr.


"The Biebrza National Park is located in northeast Poland, between Łomża and Augustów. A protective area covers almost the entire Biebrza River, together with the valley from the source down to the mouth of the Narew River.

Biebrza Valley is a very important stopping place for birds during their annual travel, and a location of nesting for many marsh bird species. Flora admirers can find protected rare plant species there, including 20 species of orchid. Those who like to get up before sunrise should see an incredible spectacle of the nature waking up – delicate fog wisps, clanging of cranes, squawking of snipe and elk sighting. For those who prefer to sleep in the morning, the nature begins its next spectacle several hours later when predatory birds start hunting.

Ornithologists from all over the world visit the Biebrza National Park. Here, they meet, exchange experience, together observe and discuss birds chirping in the bushes. Bent over telescopes, they point out strange Latin names such as: Acrocephalus paludicola, Picus canus, Numenius arquata or Cirrus aeruginosus. Yet, before an ordinary tourist reaches such a level of expertise, they are enchanted by huge, endless space of the Biebrza National Park. The civilization accustomed us to a landscape which seems safe – you can see almost always a house, a fence, a chimney or at least a pole nearby. Meanwhile, you cannot find things like that here! As far as you can see – only flat plain stretching to the horizon. At beginning it seems strange and unnatural. Then, you can compare it to a prairie, a savannah, but these are actually marshes and peat bogs spreading for dozens of vast kilometres. The Biebrza National Park is the biggest national park in Poland, and one of the biggest in Europe. It has almost 100 kilometres in a straight line, that is more than Luxembourg from its north to south.” (source)

fot:  Mariusz Cieszewski