Monday, December 7, 2009

Curlew dancing in the wind

Curlew dancing in the wind

The storm system we followed down the coast kept the winds strong all day, but they were the worst when we got out of the car in Morro Bay. I had planned the trip to get us to this area so that I could look for some birds to photograph in the late light, and the timing worked out perfectly. Unfortunately, the strong winds made it hard to stay out on the beach! It didn't stop blowing, not even for a second -- it was just a constant force against your body.

Curlew shuffle

It was bad enough for us walking around on the beach, but I can't even imagine how hard it was for the handful of curlews I saw along the beach. They were leaning at odd angles while they walked, and feathers were flowing in all directions.

Ruffled by the wind

In the end, we only spent a short time on the beach -- just enough to snap off a few shots of some curles -- before deciding to try our luck at a location further inland.


  1. wonderful images Pat! i'll be looking forward to your next post!

    Scott Grant

  2. Always amazing to see the wild creatures dealing with weather 24/7 that we can only take for a few minutes!

  3. I especially love the first shot...really shows how the birds try to cope with high winds!
    You're sending your storm our way, it's supposed to reach here on Wednesday.

  4. Thanks Scott! Glad you're enjoying the blog, and thanks for your very kind words on my Flickr stream. They are much appreciated!

    John: yeah, it was easy enough for me to just hop back in the car and drive away, but those birds were in it for the long haul!

    Thanks, Dawn -- we actually had some snow in the Bay Area here today!